Sandra Davidson had an essential tremor in her hand, which is a neurological condition that causes shaking of the hands, head and voice. It’s often confused with Parkinson’s disease although it’s eight times more common, affecting an estimated 10 million Americans. Everyday tasks like drinking water or even writing her own name were difficult.

She received a treatment called MR-guided Focused Ultrasound, which is an incisionless treatment for people with essential tremor and tremor-dominant Parkinson’s disease. It uses focused sound waves guided by MRI to treat deep in the brain with no incisions or permanent implants. This treatment, led by neurosurgeon, Dr. Devin Binder, results in immediate improvement of the shaking.

MemorialCare Orange Coast Medical Center is the only hospital in Orange County and one of two in Southern California to offer MR-guided Focused Ultrasound.