MR guided focused ultrasound of the brain

Left to right: Dr Tilo Kunath, Prof Gedroyc, Dr Hagop Bessos


MR-guided focused ultrasound is a non-invasive method which offers an interesting alternative to the surgical procedure known as Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS). Over thirty members of the Edinburgh Research Interest Group were treated to an excellent review of this new technique applied to essential tremor, Parkinson’s Disease and other brain disorders by Professor Wladyslaw Gedroyc of St Mary’s Medical Centre, London. He also described extensions of the technique to drug activation and crossing the blood-brain barrier. The accessibility of the subject was reflected in an extended discussion session, only ended by the need for lunch!

As usual, the talk took place at the Scottish Centre for Regenerative Medicine (SCRM). We are grateful to Dr Tilo Kunath for his hospitality.

A recording of the lecture (audio plus slides) is available – just follow this link.

You can watch a YouTube video about this work by using this link.