Ultrasound against memory loss in Alzheimer’s disease

For six years, researchers at the University clinic for neurology in Vienna have filed a method of therapy for Alzheimer’s and other neurological diseases, with an impressive result: With its worldwide the new, non-invasive ultrasound method can be used to activate nerve cells, and thus for the Regeneration of brain functions in patients with Alzheimer’s disease contribute.

With the new method, the so-called transcranial pulse stimulation with ultrasound (TPS), one can reach from the outside all the areas of the brain, without to enter the body. Prof. Beisteiner from the MedUni Vienna explains: "The TPS makes it the world possible for the first time, with an ultrasonic pulse directly on the bones of the skull, non-invasive, pain-free and fully conscious in all areas of the brain to penetrate and targeted brain areas and to enable this."

Stimulation of nerve cells, improves brain function

To be treated brain areas previously determined by an MRI scan exactly. By the TPS to be activated in these locations, the nerve cells, which leads to the formation of new networks that enhance the brain function. This is reflected in an increasing memory performance.

Beisteiner illustrates this with an example: "It is as if you start an old engine again. Those nerve cells are activated, show after significant improvements. As a result, the performance is slowed down waste." The improvements were already after six one-hour sessions within two weeks. Before the method can widely be used, must be confirmed by the results of the pilot study, but even in larger clinical studies.