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What is TMS & rTMS?
TMS is a focal brain stimulation treatment that passes small electromagnetic currents through parts of the brain. Different regions of the brain can be targeted by holding a specially designed coil near the patient’s scalp. Energy is then applied which stimulates nerve cells in that particular brain region. TMS therapy doesn’t use a drug; it directly stimulates relevant areas of the brain. As a result, there are no foreign compounds introduced to the body in TMS, and it does not have the side effects typically associated with drug therapy. TMS therapy usually involves several repetitive sessions; this is referred to as repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (rTMS)
TMS has been established since 1985 as an effective alternative to some antidepressants. It has been increasingly used to treat depression, obsessive-compulsive disorders (OCD), some symptoms of psychoses (auditory hallucinations) and PTSD, among other conditions. Research also suggests that targeting the stimulation more precisely within the area of the dorsal prefrontal cortex can improve symptoms of depression. This region of the brain is responsible for “executive functions”, such as selecting appropriate memories and inhibiting inappropriate responses. Other psychiatric symptoms, such as OCD, require specific modification to the stimulation regions.
The safety and effectiveness of treatments is our highest priority. Through MRI-guided Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS), we can improve the treatment options for many conditions including:
Using MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) allows us to enhance the precise identification of the stimulation sites relevant to the treatment of specific conditions, thereby improving its effectiveness and safety. This process is called Neural Navigation and is delivered by our state-of-the-art Neurosoft TMS machine.