Focused Ultrasound: Pioneers
Incisionless. Scalpel-free. The promise is there for focused ultrasound, and UVA is at the forefront in using this technology for treating patients with neurological disorders.
In fact, UVA was the first place in the world to use focused ultrasound exclusively to treat tremors.
FDA-approved for essential tremor and uterine fibroids, focused ultrasound surgery may soon be used to treat epilepsy and brain tumors. The research and clinical trials continue.
Focused Ultrasound: Now FDA Approved
UVA is working to make the procedure available to eligible patients as soon as possible.
If you are interested in focused ultrasound for essential tremor, it is important to note:
- Currently, insurance plans do not cover this procedure.
- Not everyone with essential tremor is eligible for focused ultrasound; eligibility requires evaluation.
- We are not making appointments at this time, but we hope to have information about treatment availability soon.
Read more about the FDA’s approval of focused ultrasound for essential tremor.
What it Does, How it Works
This new alternative to traditional surgery requires no incision or opening of the skull. It is similar to using a magnifying glass to focus multiple beams of light on a single point to start a fire. We focus thousands of beams of ultrasound energy on a single spot in the body. These focused ultrasound beams heat and destroy the targeted area without damaging surrounding tissue.
- Precision treatments: Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) real-time, 3-D images that help us target abnormal tissue with a high degree of precision.
- Results: Many patients from the focused ultrasound clinical trials at UVA are able to get back to their favorite pastimes immediately after treatment. Read more news and patient stories.
- Advanced care for any neurological condition: At UVA, you receive care from many movement disorder experts. Our team includes neurologists, neurosurgeons and neuroradiologists. If you can’t have focused ultrasound, we help you receive other treatments, such as deep brain stimulation.
Learn more about the treatments available in our Parkinson's & movement disorders program.
See the full visual guide to how focused ultrasound works.