DESERT RIDGE NEUROLOGY
Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation.
What is it?
TMS is a non-invasive method of brain stimulation that relies on electromagnetic induction using an insulated coil placed over the scalp, focused on an area of the brain thought to play a role in mood regulation. The coil generates brief magnetic pulses, which pass easily and painlessly through the skull and into the brain. The pulses generated are of the same type and strength as those generated by magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) machines. When these pulses are administered in rapid succession, it is referred to as “repetitive TMS “ or “rTMS”, which can produce longer lasting changes in brain activity.
rTMS has been shown to be a safe and well-tolerated procedure that can be an effective treatment for patients with depression who have not benefitted from antidepressant medications or cannot tolerate antidepressant medications due to side-effects. TMS was FDA-cleared in 2008 and now is widely available at clinics and hospitals across the country.
What is TMS and how does it work?
Transcranial magnetic stimulation, is a noninvasive treatment process that directly stimulates brain structures associated with mental health conditions. This is done utilizing electromagnetic fields generated by our patented H-coil to safely reach deeper brain structures and influence their neural activity.
What evidence exists for TMS effectiveness?
Numerous clinical studies in reputable peer-reviewed journals have found that Desert Ridge’s TMS therapy is successful in alleviating symptoms of mental health conditions and offering patients relief.
Who is eligible for TMS treatment?
TMS is a noninvasive treatment course proven to offer symptom relief for various mental health conditions. Eligibility for TMS treatment is determined by a person’s insurance provider. As TMS is safe to combine with other forms of therapy, many insurance providers consider those currently undergoing medical treatment or psychotherapy, as well as treatment-resistant clients, to be eligible for TMS treatment.
Are there safety concerns related to TMS therapy?
TMS treatment is a noninvasive procedure that has been demonstrated in clinical trials and actual practice usage to be well-tolerated. You should consult your doctor to see whether TMS is right for you based on your own personal medical history.
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