News | Focused Ultrasound Therapy | August 22, 2017

Insightec Announces Expanded Reach of MR-Guided Focused Ultrasound

More than 1,000 patients treated with Exablate Neuro system

Insightec Announces Expanded Reach of MR-Guided Focused Ultrasound

August 22, 2017 — Insightec announced recently that worldwide adoption of magnetic resonance (MR)-guided focused ultrasound continues to gain momentum as Exablate Neuro patient treatment numbers surpass the 1,000 mark. Medical facilities are ramping up their MR-guided focused ultrasound service and essential tremor patients are now being treated on a weekly basis at many sites, according to the company.

Exablate Neuro delivers focused ultrasound beams without any surgical incision to ablate the Vim of the thalamus, the tiny area of the brain thought to be responsible for causing tremors.

Regulatory approvals in the United States, Canada, Japan, Europe, Israel and Korea contributed to the accelerated adoption of focused ultrasound treatments worldwide. One year ago, on July 11, 2016, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Exablate Neuro as the first focused ultrasound device to treat essential tremor in patients who have not responded to medication.

“Having this newly established treatment at Weill Cornell Medical Center allows us to offer a safe and effective, incisionless treatment for patients with disabling tremor,” said M. Kaplitt, M.D., Ph.D., neurosurgeon at Weill Cornell Medical Center.

Essential tremor is a very common neurological condition that causes shaking of the hands, as well as other parts of the body. For most people, the severity of the tremor increases over time to the point where performing everyday tasks is impossible. This can have a significant impact on a person’s quality of life. If medications fail to control symptoms, it may also be treated with radiation or invasive surgical procedures, including traditional thalamotomy or deep brain stimulation.

Focused ultrasound is an incision-less treatment option that minimizes risk of complications such as infection and bleeding, reduces time spent recovering and rapidly returns patients to their lives.

“This past year, since having the focused ultrasound treatment, has simply been life-changing for me and my entire family”, commented Gregg Ley. Ley was treated one year ago at Swedish Medical Center in Seattle, Washington during the FDA pivotal study designed to evaluate the safety and efficacy of Exablate Neuro for the treatment of essential tremor in subjects for whom medications were not effective.

Over 30 Exablate Neuro systems are now actively treating patients for essential tremor as well as various research protocols for additional indications in 10 countries.

For more information: www.insightec.com

Related Content

DOSIsoft Receives FDA 510(k) Clearance for Planet Onco Dose Software
Technology | Treatment Planning | June 20, 2019
DOSIsoft announced it has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to market Planet...
New Data Demonstrates Safety Profile of GammaTile Therapy for Various Brain Tumors
News | Brachytherapy Systems | June 18, 2019
GT Medical Technologies Inc. announced the presentation of clinical data from a prospective study of GammaTile Therapy...
Black Men Less Likely to Adopt Active Surveillance for Low-Risk Prostate Cancer
News | Prostate Cancer | June 17, 2019
A new study reveals black men are less likely than white men to adopt an active surveillance strategy for their...
University Medical Center Groningen Performs First Automatic Log-based Proton Therapy Patient QA
News | Proton Therapy | June 14, 2019
IBA announced the physics team of University Medical Center Groningen (UMCG) in the Netherlands has developed and...
ASTRO Applauds New Prior Authorization Legislation
News | Radiation Therapy | June 07, 2019
The American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) released a statement applauding Congress’s introduction of...
IBA Dosimetry Launches myQA iON
News | Quality Assurance (QA) | June 07, 2019
IBA (Ion Beam Applications S.A.) announced the launch of myQA iON at the 2019 Particle Therapy Co-Operative Group (...
Study Identifies MRI-Guided Radiation Therapy as Growing Market Segment
News | Image Guided Radiation Therapy (IGRT) | June 06, 2019
Revenues from the magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)-guided radiation therapy systems market exceeded $220 million in...
RefleXion Opens New Manufacturing Facility for Biology-guided Radiotherapy Platform
News | Radiation Therapy | May 31, 2019
RefleXion Medical recently announced the opening of its new manufacturing facility at its headquarters in Hayward,...
Accuray Radixact

Accuray Radixact

Feature | Radiation Therapy | May 29, 2019 | By Jeff Zagoudis
While radiation therapy as a disciplin
Sponsored Content | Case Study | Radiation Therapy | May 29, 2019
The so-called “Grey Tsunami” of baby boomers using healthcare services isn’t taking the Radiation Medicine Program at