MR-guided focused ultrasound is FDA approved for people who meet the following certain criteria:
- You must be at least 22 years old for essential tremor and 30 years old for Parkinsonian tremor
- You must have a tremor that does not respond to medications
Currently, focused ultrasound is FDA-approved for unilateral (one side of the body) treatment of tremors only.
Once focused ultrasound is used to treat one side of your body, we cannot use it to treat the other side. Although most of our patients prefer to treat their dominant hand, some choose the hand that has more severe tremors.
There are additional important criteria to consider. Our team of neurologists and neurosurgeons, with expertise in MR-guided focused ultrasound, will help you determine if you are a good candidate.
As part of the process, our team of neurosurgeons and neurologists will perform a full medical evaluation to assess your overall condition and determine the severity of your tremor. This is necessary to ensure safe and effective treatment for your condition. You will also need to have a CT scan to verify that MR-guided focused ultrasound is suitable for you.
We currently perform MR-guided focused ultrasound at Emory Brain Health Center at Executive Park.
For more information, please call 404-778-3444.