Focused Ultrasound FAQs

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What is focused ultrasound?

Focused ultrasound combines high-frequency (ultrasound) energy with magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). This procedure safely and accurately treats tissue deep within the body without the need for incisions. 

What might prevent me from getting focused ultrasound treatment?

Focused ultrasound is not available for people with certain medical conditions, such as kidney disease, or those who can’t undergo an MRI for any reason (such as having an implanted medical device, like a pacemaker). Your doctor will discuss the best treatment options for you.

Are there any rules on how I should dress the day of treatment?

Wear loose-fitting clothes without any metal (no zippers, studs, metal fasteners, etc.).

What will happen to me on the day of treatment?

You'll meet with the anesthesiology team to review your medical history and medications. They also go over any medications you might be given during the procedure. You may be hooked up to an IV catheter or other equipment. There may be other preparations to make depending on the condition you are being treated for.

Once you’re ready, you'll be encouraged to use the restroom before beginning the procedure. You'll also get to see your family members or whoever you've brought with you before we have them leave the building.

You'll be hooked up to a monitor so that we can track your vital signs. We'll check on you frequently during the procedure, and we'll be able to talk to you and hear you in the MRI scanner.

Once the procedure is complete, you're removed from the MRI. You should be fully awake and able to eat and drink. You may be able to leave the facility about an hour after the treatment is complete.

Where can I park my car on the day of treatment?

There is a designated parking spot on the side of the building. You'll get the parking pass from the technologist when you arrive.

Please bring a family member or friend with you who can drive you home.

Can loved ones wait in the focused ultrasound building while I’m being treated?

No, but your companions can wait in the main hospital lobby or the surgical waiting room. Some choose to return to their home or hotel room or go elsewhere in town. They'll be given an update during the procedure and notified when the procedure is ending, so they may return to the facility.

Is focused ultrasound covered by my insurance?

The FDA has approved focused ultrasound to treat uterine fibroids, essential tremor and Parkinson's disease. Unfortunately, insurance companies don't currently cover this treatment for any of those conditions.