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Webinar: Focused Ultrasound and Potential New Technologies for Difficult to Control Seizures

Epilepsy News From: Tuesday, December 05, 2017

Originally published on June 27, 2017; updated to include link to recording.

Watch the Webinar Recorded on July 25, 2017

Focused Ultrasound

Focused ultrasound (soundwaves from outside the head) is being studied as a new way of treating a targeted area of the brain that may be causing a person’s seizures.

In a webinar presented and recorded on July 25, 2017, panelists Dr. Nathan Fountain and Dr. Travis Tierney talked about this and other potential technologies being studied for treating refractory (difficult to control) seizures and hypothalamic hamartomas (rare brain lesions characterized by gelastic, known as laughing, seizures).

Live webinar participants, which included people living with epilepsy, their caregivers, and medical providers, were are invited to ask questions following the presentations. However, the speakers were not be able to give individual medical advice.

Click Here to Watch the Webinar Recording


Patricia Osborne Shafer RN, MN, Epilepsy Foundation Senior Director of Health Information and Resources and Associate Editor of epilepsy.com



Nathan Fountain MD, Professor of Neurology and Director of the F.E. Dreifuss Comprehensive Epilepsy Program at the University of Virginia

Travis Tierney MD

Travis Tierney MD, Pediatric Neurosurgeon with Nicklaus Children’s Hospital

This webinar was offered through a partnership between the Epilepsy Foundation and Hope for Hypothalamic Hamartomas (Hope for HH). Focused ultrasound images provided courtesy of the Focused Ultrasound Foundation.

Reviewed Date

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

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