TMS (transcranial magnetic stimulation) is a non-invasive, non-drug treatment currently FDA approved for treating depression but also showing great promise in treating a variety of other neurological conditions, including obsessive compulsive disorder, chronic pain, epilepsy, and concussion/post-concussive syndrome. TMS only influences the brain and doesn’t alter the rest of the body’s chemistry.
nTMS uses patient’s MRI to target the right location in your brain. We use a highly developed 3D brain imaging model and proven navigation tools to optimize the location. With navigation tools we can personalize the stimulation for you.
nTMS stimulates the brain from outside the head. The magnetic field around the TMS coil passes through the scalp and skull and generates an electric field into the brain tissue. The most common target is an area of the brain known as the left dorsolateral prefrontal cortex (DLPFC).
First an MRI scan of your head is taken at an imaging center. Your MRI scan is uploaded into the TMS system. With that, it is easy to find the exact spot where the therapy should be targeted in your brain. You can even see the target yourself on the 3D model. Next, your motor threshold (the intensity of stimulation) is measured, allowing your clinician to determine the optimal stimulation dose for you.
During therapy, an operator will place the coil on your head, which will stimulate the pre-defined spot of the cortex in your brain. When the TMS coil is running, a brief magnetic field passes harmlessly through the head, activating neurons in the cortex under the coil and you may feel a little tingling in the scalp.
The therapy sessions can be repeated easily and accurately because your location and dose are saved. This is how you always receive the same, prescribed dose at the same location.
A typical treatment course is 5 sessions per week for 6 weeks, followed by a taper period of 3 weeks, although some patients can be treated in as little as 2-3 weeks. Each treatment session ranges between 3-37 minutes, depending on your treatment plan. Treatment protocols vary and are personalized to everyone’s needs. Discuss with your doctor specifics of your treatment plan.
TMS therapy is given by a trained healthcare professional, who may be a doctor, nurse, or a professionally trained TMS specialist.
Before starting the nTMS treatment, you will have had an MRI scan of your head taken. When you arrive for the first session, your MRI head scan is uploaded to the TMS System, and the clinician/operator will review.
You will sit in a reclining chair with a comfortable headrest. It’s important that you relax and remain comfortable during the treatment.
The most common side effects reported during clinical trials are mild headache and scalp pain or discomfort.