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What is TMS?

TMS Therapy, or Transcranial magnetic stimulation therapy is based on knowledge of physical principles dating back nearly 175 years. In 1831, Michael Faraday discovered that electrical currents could be converted into magnetic fields. That discovery has been applied to create a powerful and focused magnet which can be used to stimulate the brain.
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Since the 1980s, transcranial magnetic stimulation has been used to study the nerve fibers that carry information about movements from the brain to the spinal cord and onto the muscles. In the late 1990s physicians began to explore the therapeutic potential of transcranial magnetic stimulation for the treatment of a variety of diseases, with depression being the most thoroughly studied to date. Since then, more than 20 randomized, controlled trials studying transcranial magnetic stimulation as a treatment for depression have been published by investigators throughout the world.

TMS for the Treatment of Depression

Transcranial magnetic stimulation for the treatment of depression is a short outpatient procedure which uses pulsed magnetic fields to stimulate nerve cells within the area of the brain thought to control mood. TMS Therapy is performed under the supervision of a psychiatrist while the patient remains awake and alert.  The typical treatment course consists of 5 treatments per week over a 4-6 week period for 20-30 treatments. Each treatment session lasts approximately 37 minutes.

The treating clinician positions a treatment coil over the left prefrontal cortex, the part of the brain thought to be involved with mood regulation. Through the treatment coil, the TMS Therapy system generates highly concentrated, magnetic fields which turn on and off rapidly. These magnetic fields are the same type and strength as those produced by a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) machine.

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