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Israeli start-up uses ultrasound waves to treat Parkinson’s
Author: Simge Eva DoganPublished: 9 May 2019
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INSIGHTEC, a medical start-up based in Israel, is using ultrasound waves to treat Parkinson’s symptoms.
The treatment, called Exablate Neuro, uses non-invasive technology to alleviate tremors by directing high-intensity ultrasound beams to the VIM nucleus – the part of the brain where tremors are thought to originate.
Using specialist software, the ultrasound waves can also be used to provide surgeons with real-time feedback of any temperature changes in the areas being targeted.
Xen Mendelsohn Aderka, VP of marketing at INSIGHTEC, said: “The technology is being used in over 50 medical centres around the world, with over 2,000 neuro-patients treated.”
Aderka added that as the treatment is non-invasive, there is no risk of infection and patients can enjoy a rapid recovery.
INSIGHTEC obtained US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approvals for its technology in 2016 and 2018.
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