Deep Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation: What is it and how does it work?

February 29, 2016

Are you interested in the benefits of deep transcranial magnetic stimulation (dTMS)?  Our staff have responded to some of the most commonly asked questions to help decide if dTMS might be right for you!

1. Does the treatment hurt?

Some people experience temporary, mild pain or discomfort in the area of the treatment site that expresses itself as a headache.  This typically occurs only during the first week of treatment. Treatment lasts approximately 20 minutes per session. The person is fitted with a cap and a cushioned helmet during the treatment session. No anesthesia is required and there is no memory loss or systemic side effects.

2. What does it feel like?

You will hear clicking and feel a tapping sensation. Ear plugs are provided to diminish the sound. The treatment feels like repetitive tapping on the side of the head. The tapping maximizes electrical stimulation of deep brain regions.
 
3. How frequently will I participate in treatments?

Each person is different.  We work with your schedule and your doctor to determine the sessions that are right for you.  On average, the course of treatment typically lasts between 4-6 weeks.

4. What happens if I miss a session?

If a session is missed, it will be added to the end of the treatment cycle, but it’s important to remember that it may take longer to see results if sessions are missed.

5. When can I expect to see results?

Individual results will vary, but some people have reported positive outcomes after ten to fifteen treatment sessions.  Many users report significant reduction in symptoms after 5 weeks of treatments, as the brain changes with every treatment session.  It’s important to remember that each person is unique, and additional sessions can be scheduled based on individual responses to the service.   

6. What does it cost?

Medicare and other major insurance companies cover the cost of Deep TMS. There is a fee schedule available for those wishing to pay privately.

7. How do I qualify for deep TMS?

The Brainsway deep TMS System is indicated by the FDA for the treatment of depressive episodes in adult patients experiencing depression who have not achieved satisfactory improvement from previous anti-depressant medications.  Your doctor would need to refer you for assessment and treatment based on your history.   
 
8. Who provides the treatments?

Nationally certified deep TMS technicians provide treatments with the oversight of our Medical Director.  They are friendly staff members whose main goal is to assist you to feel better.

                                                           One new dTMS user! 

 

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- John B. (resident)