Magstim™ Horizon® Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS)
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Magstim TMS Therapy has changed the lives of so many people with depression. It is amazing to read how patients are rediscovering the color of life with the help of Magstim TMS Therapy.
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What is TMS?
Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) is a series of repetitive, brief and highly focused magnetic pulses, used to stimulate brain cells. TMS is an effective, non-invasive, outpatient treatment with few known adverse effects.
How does TMS work?
When a nerve cell ‘fires’, an electrical impulse travels along its length. It communicates with other nerve cells by releasing neuro-transmitters, which create an electrical impulse in other cells. In depressed patients, the electrical activity in certain areas of the brain have been shown to be reduced. TMS uses a focused electromagnetic coil, to rapidly pulse a magnetic field to the targeted area of the brain.
Why is TMS different to other treatments?
Medication like anti-depressants are systemic, which means that the medication is absorbed into the blood stream which can cause numerous side effects. TMS is typically prescribed when anti-depressants have failed or the side effects are intolerable; this may be called treatment resistant depression, or TRD.¹
Are there any side effects?
TMS is a safe and well-tolerated treatment with few known adverse effects. Clinical trials show that the most common side effects are mild to moderate scalp discomfort and mild headaches, both of which are short-term.²
Is TMS an option for me?
TMS therapy is appropriate for adults with Major Depressive Disorder (MDD), who have failed to achieve satisfactory improvement from prior antidepressant medication in the current episode.
TMS is not recommended for people with the following metal or implanted medical devices:
- Aneurysm clips or coils
- Implanted vagus nerve or deep brain stimulators
- Electrodes for monitoring brain activity
- Cochlear implants for hearing
- Implanted stimulators
- Magnetic implants
- Bullet fragments
- Implanted electrical devices including medication pumps and pacemakers
What are the benefits of TMS compared to ECT?
While both TMS and Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT) are effective in the treatment of depression, there are many differences in safety and tolerability. Both are designed to treat depression through the application of energy into the brain, but the similarities quickly dissolve.
ECT is a much more intensive and invasive procedure than is TMS Therapy. ECT is designed to create seizures and requires hospitalization and anaesthetics. The side effects from ECT are much more intense and occur in more instances. they include memory loss, nausea, insomnia and drowsiness, dry mouth, dizziness, anxiety . TMS depression treatments are an outpatient procedures with little side-effects.