MRgFUS is FDA approved for the treatment of patients with essential tremor and tremor-dominant Parkinson disease. It can only be used to treat one side of the brain (usually the dominant hand) even if tremor is present on both sides. MRgFUS is not yet FDA approved to treat both sides. If first line medications (primidone and propranolol) fail to adequately control your tremor, your doctor may consider recommending either MRgFUS, deep brain stimulation, or radiosurgical thalamotomy. Compared to other surgical treatments for essential tremor, no device implant is needed, no incision is required, and the treatment works immediately. To read more about What to Expect During Consultation for Essential Tremor, click here.
Your doctor is the best person to ask about this. He or she will be able to tell you if you are a suitable candidate. In general, people who cannot go into an MRI will not be able to go through the treatment - this includes patients with metallic implants, patients who are claustrophobic and patients who are allergic to contrast agents - a dye used during MR imaging, patients who are over 300 lbs and patients who are under 22 years of age.
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