Specialists at Queen Square Imaging and Neurology Center are harnessing the power of MR-guided focused ultrasound (MRgFUS) to revolutionize the early diagnosis and treatment of essential tremor, offering hope to thousands of individuals affected by this neurological disorder.
Understanding Essential Tremor
Essential tremor is a common movement disorder affecting about 4% of the UK population, characterized by involuntary rhythmic shaking of the hands, head, voice, or other parts of the body. It can significantly impact an individual’s quality of life, affecting their ability to perform daily tasks, engage in social interactions, and maintain independence.
Traditionally, the management of essential tremor has been challenging, with limited treatment options available. However, advancements in medical technology, specifically MRgFUS, have opened up new possibilities for early diagnosis and effective treatment.
The revolutionary power of MR-guided focused ultrasound
MRgFUS is a groundbreaking, non-invasive procedure that combines the power of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and high-intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU) to identify and ablate brain tissue responsible for tremors. This innovative approach allows for a highly targeted treatment and preserving surrounding healthy tissue.
The team at Queen Square, pioneers in the field of MRgFUS, have made significant strides in harnessing this technology to diagnose and treat essential tremor at its early stages. By leveraging the precision and real-time imaging capabilities of MRgFUS, they have achieved remarkable results in reducing tremor severity and improving quality of life for their patients.
The benefits of MRgFUS
One of the key advantages of MRgFUS is its non-invasive nature. Unlike traditional surgical interventions such as deep brain stimulation (DBS), MRgFUS does not require the implantation of electrodes or the need for open brain surgery. This significantly reduces the risk of complications and shortens the recovery period, allowing individuals to resume their daily activities sooner.
The benefits of MRgFUS extend beyond its non-invasiveness. Clinical studies have shown that MRgFUS can effectively reduce tremor severity by up to 80% in individuals with essential tremor. The results are often immediate, providing patients with rapid relief and improved functional abilities. This treatment also offers a personalized treatment approach tailored to each patient’s specific needs.
Queen Square leading the way
The team at Queen Square is at the forefront of advancing MRgFUS technology for the management of essential tremor. Their expertise, combined with state-of-the-art facilities, allows them to provide patients with comprehensive care and support throughout their treatment journey.
If you or a loved one are seeking accurate diagnosis and effective treatment for essential tremor, contact Queen Square Imaging Center today. Take the first step towards a tremor-free future and rediscover a life of increased independence and improved quality of life.