TPS involves passing short and painless acoustic waves through the patient’s head to stimulate deep cerebral regions of the brain with millimetre accuracy. These waves stimulate neural growth factors and promote the formation of new blood vessels and improve blood circulation.
Studies by researchers at the University of Vienna have shown that just six 30-minute treatments over two weeks can improve mild to moderate Alzheimer’s by up to 10 points on the CERAD scale, which measures the progression of Alzheimer’s symptoms.
Patients and close relatives who received the treatment through the study reported noticeable improvements in memory and verbal communication, which subsequently and indirectly led to increased social interaction. Some patients further reported an improved sense of direction that enabled them to do their daily tasks independently and safely findtheir way home afterwards.
Lead researcher Dr Roland Beisteiner says: ‘For the first time in the world, TPS enables us to penetrate all areas of the brain by means of an ultrasound pulse delivered directly to the skull in a non-invasive, painless procedure, during which the patient is fully conscious, and specifically target particular areas of the brain and stimulate them.’
The procedure is painless, non-invasive, involves minimal side effects, and does not require medications. If the patient uses Alzheimer’s medications such as acetylcholinesterase inhibitors, the TPS treatment does not interfere with the medication’s effectiveness. 1500 treatments have already been carried out across Europe, and now patients in the UK will have access to it for the first time.
‘The first few patients treated with Transcranial Pulse Stimulation are making very good progress. Their relatives are very surprised and pleased by the positive effect of TPS,’ said Professor Dr Musa Citak, Hamburg, Germany.
London Alzheimer’s Clinic is situated at 100 Harley Street, near Bond Street tube station. Treatments are supervised by renowned consultant psychiatrists Dr Mohamed Abdelghani and Dr Maja Elia.
Dr Abdelghani is one of the pioneers of neuromodulation treatment modalities in both the NHS and the private sector in the UK. Liverpool, Leeds and Hampshire clinics will be opening in the Summer of 2022. For further information, eligibility requirements, or to book a consultation, here.