Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) in Minutko Mental Health Clinic

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Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) in Minutko Mental Health Clinic

Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) is a noninvasive procedure that uses magnetic fields to stimulate nerve cells in the brain to improve symptoms of depression. TMS is typically used when other depression treatments haven’t been effective. For each TMS session, the patient sits in a specially designed treatment chair. As TMS uses magnetic pulses, before beginning a treatment, patients are asked to remove any magnetic-sensitive objects. Then the TMS coil will be positioned over the patient’s head. The TMS physician then measures the patient’s motor threshold, by administering several brief pulses. Patients are required to wear earplugs during treatment for their comfort and hearing protection, as TMS produces a loud clicking sound with each pulse, much like an MRI machine. The patient can stop a treatment at any time by asking the staff member present.
Treatment sessions are approximately 40 min. each, and administered 5 days a week.

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