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Insightec MR-Guided Focused Ultrasound Technology Receives National Coverage Recommendation for Dutch Patients with Essential Tremor – Medical Device News Magazine

Insightec MR-Guided Focused Ultrasound Technology Receives National Coverage Recommendation for Dutch Patients with Essential Tremor

Essential tremor is a neurological disorder characterized by involuntary shaking or trembling of certain parts of the body, most commonly the hands. This condition can significantly impact a person’s quality of life, making simple tasks such as eating, writing, or even holding a cup difficult. However, there is good news for Dutch patients suffering from essential tremor, as Insightec’s MR-guided focused ultrasound technology has received a national coverage recommendation.

Insightec is a global healthcare company that specializes in developing and commercializing non-invasive therapeutic ultrasound systems. Their MR-guided focused ultrasound technology, known as Exablate Neuro, has been designed specifically for the treatment of essential tremor. This innovative technology combines magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and focused ultrasound to precisely target and ablate the brain tissue responsible for causing the tremors.

The Dutch National Health Care Institute (Zorginstituut Nederland) has recently recommended the inclusion of Insightec’s Exablate Neuro in the basic health insurance package for patients with essential tremor. This recommendation means that Dutch patients suffering from this condition will now have access to this advanced treatment option without having to bear the financial burden themselves.

The recommendation by the Dutch National Health Care Institute is based on extensive clinical evidence demonstrating the safety and efficacy of MR-guided focused ultrasound technology in treating essential tremor. Several clinical trials have shown significant improvement in tremor control and quality of life for patients who underwent this non-invasive procedure.

Traditionally, essential tremor has been managed through medication or invasive surgical procedures such as deep brain stimulation (DBS). While these treatments can be effective, they also come with potential side effects and risks. Insightec’s MR-guided focused ultrasound technology offers a non-invasive alternative that does not require any incisions or implants.

The procedure involves placing the patient inside an MRI scanner, which provides real-time imaging of the brain. The focused ultrasound beams are then precisely targeted at the specific area of the brain responsible for the tremors. The ultrasound energy heats and destroys the targeted tissue, resulting in a significant reduction in tremors.

One of the key advantages of this technology is its precision. The real-time MRI imaging allows the physicians to monitor and adjust the treatment in real-time, ensuring that only the intended tissue is affected. This precision minimizes the risk of damage to surrounding healthy tissue and reduces the potential for side effects.

The non-invasive nature of MR-guided focused ultrasound technology also means that patients experience minimal discomfort and can typically resume their normal activities shortly after the procedure. This is in stark contrast to traditional surgical procedures, which often require a longer recovery period.

The national coverage recommendation for Insightec’s MR-guided focused ultrasound technology is a significant milestone for Dutch patients with essential tremor. It provides them with a safe, effective, and non-invasive treatment option that can greatly improve their quality of life. With this recommendation, more patients will have access to this innovative technology, bringing hope and relief to those suffering from essential tremor in the Netherlands.