Ultrasound jiggles open brain barrier, a step to better care

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Ultrasound jiggles open brain barrier, a step to better care

Patient Rick Karr is prepared for treatment at the facility in Toronto, Canada. Karr was the first Alzheimer’s patient treated with focused ultrasound to open the blood-brain barrier. Scientists are using ultrasound waves to temporarily jiggle an opening in the brain’s protective shield, in hopes the technique one day might help drugs for Alzheimer’s, brain tumors and other diseases better reach their target.

Ultrasound jiggles open brain barrier, a step to better care

Patient Rick Karr is prepared for treatment at the facility in Toronto, Canada. Karr was the first Alzheimer’s patient treated with focused ultrasound to open the blood-brain barrier. Scientists are using ultrasound waves to temporarily jiggle an opening in the brain’s protective shield, in hopes the technique one day might help drugs for Alzheimer’s, brain tumors and other diseases better reach their target.

Ultrasound jiggles open brain barrier, a step to better care

Brain scans of patient Rick Karr as staff members treat him at the facility in Toronto, Canada. Karr was the first Alzheimer’s patient treated with focused ultrasound to open the blood-brain barrier.

Ultrasound jiggles open brain barrier, a step to better care

A brain scan of Alzheimer patient Rick Karr during an experimental procedure at the facility in Toronto, Canada. Karr was the first Alzheimer’s patient treated with focused ultrasound to open the blood-brain barrier.