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 Doctors use deep-brain ultrasound therapy to treat tremors

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Date posted: 10/12/2016

Doctors in London have used sound waves to successfully operate deep inside the brain.

They treated a man from Cornwall who suffered from uncontrollable tremors in his right hand. Selwyn Lucas, who is 52, can now hold his hand steady and said he felt "fantastic".

The team at St Mary's hospital used MRI guided focused ultrasound to destroy tissue causing mistimed electrical signals to be sent to muscles.

Prof Wladyslaw Gedroyc, consultant radiologist at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, said: "This is a game changer for patients with these movement disorders because we can cure them with a treatment which is completely non-invasive and we don't have to give unpleasant drugs."

Around one million people in the UK suffer from tremors - uncontrollable shaking of the hands, head or body.

It is a neurological condition usually caused by faulty circuits in the thalamus, a small area at the base of the brain.

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