Learn About Focused Ultrasound in Our New Podcast
Focused ultrasound is a surgical option for ET. It uses sound waves to treat tissue within the VIM nucleus of the brain to stop tremor.
In this recording, IETF Executive Director Patrick McCartney talks with Dr. Arjun Desai, chief strategy and innovation officer with Insightec, a leader in this incisionless technology. The two discuss the history of focused ultrasound and what patients can expect during the surgery. For example, Dr. Desai said patients are awake and are “active participants” during the procedure.
“You’re actually able, in real time, to watch, as the tremor evaporates when the energy pulses the brain,” he said.
Living with Essential Tremor
The day-to-day challenges of living with essential tremor can be draining – physically and emotionally. Part of the mission of the IETF is to provide hope and support for people impacted by ET. We have a special section on our website dedicated to living with ET. If you haven’t seen it, take a look. It includes:
Treatments: See a list of current treatment options, including surgical procedures and medications.
Support Groups: Browse a list of more than 70 ET support group worldwide, that can connect you with people like you who are impacted by ET.
Coping Tips and Devices: Take a look at our list of assistive devices, therapies and coping techniques suggested by medical professionals and others. If there are coping tips or devices you use which aren’t listed here, let us know so we can check them out and share them with others.
Find an ET Specialist: This searchable database includes more than 550 neurologists from all over the country who specialize in movement disorders.
Support Students This GivingTuesday
Mark your calendars to take part in the IETF’s 2020 GivingTuesday Campaign on December 1.
GivingTuesday is a world-wide day of giving. The goal is to encourage people to come together to do good in their communities and the world.
For the past several years, the IETF has celebrated students with essential tremor on GivingTuesday by dedicating all donations that day to the Catherine Rice Scholarship Fund (named in honor of former IETF Executive Director Catherine Rice).
Watch for a special podcast we’ll be sharing that day which highlights one of our scholarship recipients. It will allow you to hear, in her own words, how impactful these scholarships are.
If you want to give in advance, our site is open for donations.