Imperial Private Healthcare is the first private facility in the UK to be able to offer a ground-breaking treatment for patients with debilitating tremors.
Around one million people in the UK are affected by this brain disorder, which is characterised by uncontrollable shaking.
Currently, patients with ET or other types of tremor are offered anti-tremor medication, but if the medication is ineffective or causes adverse side effects, some patients are offered deep brain stimulation (DBS), though this brings a risk of brain haemorrhage or even death.
The new treatment, known as "MRI-guided focused ultrasound for brain" works by accurately applying heat energy from ultrasound waves to very specific parts of the brain to break abnormal electrical circuit causing the tremor.
The procedure is performed under local anaesthetic, is effective immediately and results have shown that it reduces the severity of a tremor by at least 80%.
Professor Wladyslaw Gedroyc, medical director of magnetic resonance imaging said:
“We anticipate that this new approach to therapy in essential will allow huge improvements in patients’ quality-of-life without the need for substantial invasive procedures or expensive, poorly tolerated and often ineffective drug therapy.”