MRI-Guided Focused Ultrasound Treatment

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Spiral drawings to evaluate patient progress before and after treatment.
A patient showing marked improvement while undergoing MR-guided focused ultrasound treatment.

MRI-Guided Focused Ultrasound Tremor Treatment

With no operating room, no incisions, and no pain, Rambam Health Care Campus is among the few international facilities offering this completely non-invasive technique.

Do you or a family member suffer from a tremor that significantly affects your quality of life?  Find out about an innovative non-invasive treatment, using MRI-guided focused ultrasound to treat tremor syndromes caused by Parkinson’s disease or Essential Tremor, available now at Rambam Health Care Campus.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

Rambam Health Care Campus in Haifa is the first hospital to partner with medical device developer Insightec to improve its MRI-Guided Focused Ultrasound treatment for individuals with severe neurological disorders. With tremendous success, Rambam has treated more than 60 patients to date with Essential Tremor and Parkinson’s Tremor, home and abroad with MRI-Guided Focused Ultrasound.

With no operating room, no incisions, and no pain, Rambam is among the few international facilities offering this completely non-invasive technique. As the leading location for the procedure, Rambam treats tremors of moderate to high severity, drastically improving a person’s quality of life, including the ability to eat, drink, write, and complete any activity that requires controlled, accurate movement. Without this treatment, tremors may heighten on one side of the body, and over time may worsen, resulting in severe disability.

Many patients with significant tremors that are unresponsive to medication can now consider Rambam as their go-to solution. This procedure only requires a few hours, but can last a lifetime, producing significant and immediate relief of the tremor. Using high-intensity ultrasound waves, doctors can precisely target the diseased area of the brain, preserving all healthy surrounding tissue.

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is used to accurately direct the ultrasound waves to the specific site in the brain where the tremor is initiated—hence the treatment name—MRI-Guided FUS. The doctor monitors the patient in real time and adapts treatment for optimal results.

“Our innovative physician-scientists integrate medicine, engineering and science to provide the fastest, safest results,” says Prof. Rafi Beyar, Director and CEO of Rambam Health Care Campus. “Our holistic approach facilitates redemptive treatment for patients, restoring their hope.”

Beyond FUS treatment, Rambam has had a major role in innovation throughout Israel’s history, from perfecting CT scans and imagery, to electrophysiology for heart therapies, and stents to alleviate clogged arteries.

Welcoming patients regardless of race, religion or nationality, Rambam Health Care Campus treats individuals from every country–even without diplomatic relations with Israel.  As a 1,000-bed teaching hospital, Rambam is the largest and most advanced medical center in Northern Israel, serving two million residents and individuals throughout the region and the world.

Please let us know if you are interested in learning more about FUS treatment at Rambam. We look forward to hearing from you. 

Who Can Benefit from Treatment with MRI-guided FUS?

This treatment is suitable for people suffering from hand tremors that significantly impair quality of life and function, and which are not well controlled by medications—specifically those suffering from Parkinson’s disease or Essential Tremor. Currently, the treatment performed at Rambam is for one hand only.

Candidates for MRI-guided FUS must be capable of undergoing an MRI scan.

Contraindications: Patients who take anticoagulants or antiaggregants that cannot be stopped for two weeks, or who suffer from a brain tumor are not candidates for this treatment. The treatment is for relieving the tremor only and not for other symptoms associated with Parkinson’s disease  or Essential Tremor.

Department of International Medicine

The Department of International Medicine at Rambam Health Care Campus offers the latest in modern and technologically advanced medical procedures, with thousands of patients worldwide applying online for treatment each year. The hospital’s top specialists offer a wide variety of consultations and care.

To apply for FUS treatment at Rambam Health Care Campus or for information, please contact Rambam’s consulting doctor, Svetlana Rubin at sveta@mashmed.com.