So you have taken the Essential Tremor candidacy quiz, talked to your physician, and determined you are interested in focused ultrasound treatment for your essential tremor (ET), but what’s next? Let’s explore some frequently asked questions connected to how to find a treatment location and what to do if there isn’t one near you…yet.
Where are treatment centers located?
In the United States, there are currently 34 treatment locations across 22 states, with new medical centers being added each year. Globally, there are 81 treatment centers including locations in Australia, Canada, China, Germany, Israel, Italy, Japan, Philippines, South Korea, Spain, Switzerland and the United Kingdom.
If you’re not located near a treatment center, traveling to one of these sites might be an option. However, travelling may be difficult for a multitude of reasons, especially during the pandemic, but don’t lose hope.
What can I do if I am not able to travel to a treatment site?
While it is our goal at Insightec to make focused ultrasound treatment for ET available to as many people as possible, we need your help sharing information about this life-changing technology with the decision makers in your healthcare community.
Between staffing shortages, funding cuts and overwhelming operational costs, hospitals are often struggling to allocate funds for requests for new technology and necessary infrastructure upgrades. But you can help! Sharing your personal ET experience may help prioritize the adoption of focused ultrasound technology.
Consider sharing your story and sending the following note to your PCP, neurologist and local hospital administrator to explain the importance of this technology and the value it would add to your community:
To Whom It May Concern,
My name is [insert name here] and I have been living with essential tremor for [insert number of years] years. My life has been affected by my essential tremor to the point where I am no longer able to [insert list of activities that you can no longer do]. But two things give me hope: I am not alone – over 10 million Americans are affected with essential tremor – and this new technology from Insightec: focused ultrasound treatment for essential tremor that does not respond to medications.
Would you consider learning more about focused ultrasound treatment for essential tremor with the hope of offering it at [insert desired hospital/treatment location] to help others like me with medication-refractory essential tremor?
Thank you for your time and looking forward to hearing from you.
[insert name and contact information]
Together, we can make an impact. Just think, maybe your letter could help change your life or the lives of people in your community.