At the current time, the treatment is being considered for funding on the NHS by the National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE) and NHS England. However, the service can already be offered to private patients through Imperial Private Healthcare. MRgFUS technology uses
magnetic resonance imaging to guide high powered, focused ultrasound to destroy tissue which causes mistimed electrical signals to be sent to muscles. At that point, molecules are vibrated extremely quickly which creates intense local heat that destroys the tissue. MRgFUS allows clinicians to target a very specific focal point – with very little heating produced in front of and behind that point, so only the targeted tissue is affected.
“This is a game changer for patients with these movement disorders because we can cure them with a treatment which is completely non-invasive and we don’t have to give unpleasant drugs,” said Professor Gedroyc.
(MRgFUS) to be used in the brain to treat this condition.
The technique is being applied by
consultant radiologist Prof Wladyslaw Gedroyc, consultant neurologist Peter Bain and consultant neurosurgeon Dipanker Nandi.
OUTSTANDING RESULTS Trials taking place at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust have shown outstanding results, with patients being essentially cured of their tremor after just one round of treatment.
“This is a game changer for patients with these movement disorders because we can cure them with a treatment which is completely non-invasive”
SAFE AND EFFECTIVE The procedure is safe and effective, with significantly fewer risks of stroke or infection. The treatment takes around five hours and the patient remains awake throughout. It is performed within the imaging department rather than in an operating theatre and there are no invasive surgical procedures required. As well as being effective for tremor
patients, the treatment has enormous potential to help patients with other neurological disorders. The team are already looking into how it could treat Parkinson’s disease and tremor associated with multiple sclerosis, which could make a real difference to more patients in the future. V
Funding for the equipment – the only one of these machines in the UK – and for the initial groundbreaking trial was provided by a £1.1 million grant from Imperial Health Charity. The charity supports the Trust’s five hospitals through grants, arts, volunteering and fundraising and has awarded over £34 million to more than 500 healthcare projects to date. The charity is currently raising money towards its £2 million More Smiles Appeal, which aims to refurbish and expand the paediatric intensive care unit at St Mary’s Hospital, almost doubling the number of beds available for seriously ill children. You can support the charity’s essential work by making a donation at www.imperialcharity.org.uk/
donate. One hundred per cent of your donation will go towards the Trust’s five hospitals. For more information about the charity, visit www.imperialcharity.org.uk
IMPERIAL HEALTH CHARITY
For further information about this service please call +44 (0)20 3311 7700,
or visit the neurology pages at www.imperialprivatehealthcare.co.uk
Imperial Private Healthcare
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