Focused Ultrasound and Potential New Technologies for Difficult to Control Seizures


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. This session will explore focused ultrasound and other potential technologies being studied for treating refractory (difficult to control seizures) and hypothalamic hamartomas. Hypothalamic hamartomas (HH) are rare brain lesions characterized by gelastic (laughing) and dacrystic (crying) seizures and do not respond well to seizure medicines. Focused ultrasound is being explored as a treatment for HH.

The following program is a webinar for general public and affiliates.

Offered live on July 25, 2017

What's It About: New Technologies and Focused Ultrasound
This program is offered through a partnership between the Epilepsy Foundation and Hope for Hypothalamic Hamartomas. Focused ultrasound images in the presentation were provided courtesy of the Focused Ultrasound Foundation.

Audience: General audience (people with epilepsy, parents, caregivers, health care providers)

Number of Lessons: 1

Approximate Length of Course: 66 minutes


  • Patricia Osborne Shafer, RN, MN, Senior Director, Health Information and Resources, Epilepsy Foundation


  • Nathan Fountain MD, Professor of Neurology
    Director of the F.E. Dreifuss Comprehensive Epilepsy Program
    University of Virginia, Charlottesville Virginia
    Past Chair, Professional Advisory Board, Epilepsy Foundation
  • Travis Tierney MD
    Department of Pediatric Neurosurgery
    Nicklaus Children’s Hospital, Miami Florida

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