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Permanent Link: TMS (transcranial magnetic stimulation), anyone?

Posted Nov 08 2009 12:00am

There’s a new TMS clinic in town. Rush University Medical Center has opened a new Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) Clinic in their psychiatry department.  Psychiatrists at Rush University Medical Center were among the first to test the technique and Dr. Philip Janicak, professor of psychiatry and lead investigator at Rush for the clinical trials of TMS, helped to develop this therapy.

The TMS therapy system delivers highly focused magnetic field pulses to a specific portion of the brain, the left prefrontal cortex, in order to stimulate the areas of the brain linked to depression. The repeated short bursts of magnetic energy introduced through the scalp excite neurons in the brain. TMS therapy does not require anesthesia or sedation and patients remain awake and alert. It is a 40-minute outpatient procedure that is prescribed by a psychiatrist and administered daily for four-to-six weeks.

NeuroStar, a company that makes some TMS equipment, has a site that explains into detail about TMS.

I don’t really know much about this therapy, and articles I’ve been reading do not seem to cite any efficacy percentages.

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