Our center is one of the world leaders in the use of TMS clinically and for research purposes. Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation or TMS is a noninvasive procedure that is used to stimulate a part of the brain using a magnetic field. This magnetic field can pass through the head safely and painlessly. TMS can be used to change activity in the brain and correct abnormal activity occurring due to illness. Numerous studies have shown that TMS can have a lasting positive effect on mood in patients with depression. The form of TMS used for therapy is called Repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation, or rTMS. A number of different protocols and devices have been cleared by the FDA for this purpose.
During a treatment session, you will be awake and sitting in a comfortable chair. A coil resembling a figure-eight will be held in place over a particular region on your head. As the current passes through the coil, it creates a magnetic field that will induce a current in your brain. People receiving TMS often describe feeling a repetitive tapping sensation on their head. The TMS coil also produces a loud clicking sound, so earplugs are always provided. Should you prefer to bring your own, our welcome packet includes a list of OSHA-approved earplugs to choose from.
Treating Depression with TMS
Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) is an innovative therapy for those who have moderate to severe depression that has not responded to medication. TMS works by using magnetic fields to change specific patterns of brain activity. Using TMS allows doctors to alter brain activity without surgery and with minimal discomfort to the patient.
We conducted the first double blind clinical trial of TMS in depression and in our clinical program have successfully treated many patients who had not responded to other approaches. Patients can derive a sustained improvement in their depression, enabling more fulfilling lives.
Approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
The FDA has cleared a number of devices and treatment protocols for use in the treatment of depression in individuals who have not benefited from prior antidepressant medication. We offer treatment with a variety of these approved machines. The Berenson-Allen Center for Noninvasive Brain Stimulation is proud to have been the first to offer this therapy to patients in the Boston area.