What is Deep TMS?
Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) is an innovative therapy that uses magnetic fields to stimulate the brain’s nerve cells. This noninvasive procedure has been shown to improve symptoms of depression, even when traditional depression treatments like antidepressant drugs have failed.
Deep TMS vs Other TMS
Due to the arrangement of the magnetic coils, dTMS is able to penetrate the brain better and stimulate a larger volume of gray matter than its predecessors making it more effective. Other TMS treatments can take up to 39 minutes per treatment, whereas dTMS with Brainsway is only 20 minutes per treatment. Brainsway is so powerful that even patients who have failed other TMS treatments may benefit from dTMS.
What Does TMS Therapy Entail?
During a TMS session, a helmet containing the electromagnetic coil is placed on your head. It sends a painless magnetic pulse that stimulates the region of your brain involved in mood regulation. This treatment involves several short, 20 minute repetitive sessions, with most patients seeing dramatic improvement after four weeks of daily weekday treatments. The treatment is well-tolerated with minimal side effects and has been demonstrated to be effective in several clinical trials.
A More Effective Way of Treating Depression
TMS is one of the most effective and convenient way to treat depression. ECT (Electroconvulsive therapy) requires hospitalization, while deep TMS treatment sessions last just 20 minutes, and no hospitalization is required! Patients can drive themselves to and from treatment, which means they can continue to their normal lifestyle without disruption. Sessions are completed while seated with a cushioned helmet for the patient’s comfort. We can space sessions out more if you are not able to come in to the office every weekday.