If you have been diagnosed with Essential Tremor, ask your doctor to help you evaluate if you are a good candidate for MRgFUS treatment. Your doctor is able to refer you to a Neurologist or Neurosurgeon familiar with the therapy and its alternatives. Together, consider all your medical conditions and the symptoms you are experiencing, as well as other treatment options that are available to you. There are a number of factors that may prevent patients from being a viable candidate for Exablate Neuro MRgFUS therapy.
Neuravive therapy is being used to treat Essential Tremor in treatment centres across The United States, Europe and Asia. World leading hospitals in medical practice and technology such as Mayo Clinic, Stanford University Hospital, Brigham and Women’s (Harvard) and The Imperial College London have adopted the technology.
Neuravive therapy is routinely used across Asia in Japan, Taiwan and South Korea and became available in Australia in 2018.
The Exablate Neuro is approved in Australia for the creation of a lesion for the treatment for a range of conditions including Essential Tremor. This technology is in use in the USA, Canada, Europe, Japan, South Korea and Taiwan.
Yes, Exablate Neuro (MRgFUS) is registered on the Australian Register of Therapeutic Goods.
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The lesion created in the brain during the Neuravive procedure is made simply by heating the area. The temperature required to make this ablation is only possible at the focal point of the beams. A single beam is harmless, as it does not carry enough energy to damage brain cells. Only the targeted area of the brain will be altered.
The effects of the Exablate Neuro treatment for Essential Tremor are constantly monitored throughout the procedure as the patient is left awake. Symptoms will gradually decrease until a satisfactory result is achieved, observable immediately after the treatment.
Fully-reversible sonications at lower temperatures give the clinician a temporary window into the effects of the treatment at higher energies. This means doctors can simulate the effect of targeting a particular area before making the lesion.
More than 1500 patients around the world have been treated for Essential Tremor using the Exablate Neuro procedure.
Your first contact should be your GP, who may refer you to a neurologist if they believe you should be treated for the condition. They may refer you to a Neurologist or Neurosurgeon familiar with Neuravive and the alternatives, as this is a specialised field. You may ask your neurologist about the Exablate procedure and whether you may be a candidate. If you have already been diagnosed with the condition, you may contact the hospital or a neurologist directly.
Advice should be sought from a specialist familiar with this complex condition on the use of Neuravive and invasive surgical alternatives.