Making waves: high-intensity focused ultrasound for essential tremor

More than 7 million people in the U.S. live with a movement disorder called essential tremor.

Symptoms of this condition include a rhythmic shaking of the hands; in some people, hands and feet may shake, and the voice may also be involved. The source of essential tremor lies within the brain, in an egg-shaped structure called the thalamus. 

Neurosurgeon Jon T. Willie, MD, PhD and his Washington University Neurology colleagues are the first in Missouri to use high-intensity focused ultrasound to treat some people with essential tremor. Click here to learn how WashU’s depth of experience can help people obtain the best quality of life.