TMS Therapy

TMS Therapy

All medical imaging examinations are performed by qualified technicians and the results are interpreted by physicians who are available to answer your questions and concerns.

We are interested in and very receptive to your feedback so that we can best meet your needs. Our radiologists work in close concert with your primary care doctor and other specialists to determine the best examination for your problem. We provide a complete, full, and illustrated report of the imaging results. Where applicable, an electronic copy of examination performed is immediately available for use by the referring doctor.

TMS therapy is new and novel type of brain stimulation that treats depression using brief electromagnetic pulses (significantly weaker than those used in an MRI machine). These pulses pass through the skull easily and stimulate neurons in underactive regions of the brain thought to be responsible for depression. First approved in 2008 it is an effective form of treatment against drug resistant depression. TMS therapy has been demonstrated to be safe, well tolerated, and effective in numerous clinical trials and double blind studies, with little to no side effects. Tens of millions of people around the world have received TMS therapy. Research shows it to be at least as effective as antidepressant medication. Close to 70% of patients receiving TMS therapy will feel some benefit and relief in depression symptoms – half of those patients will be in full remission after treatment.

TMS therapy is applied by a TMS device with a stimulating coil. The patient sits reclined in a comfortable chair while the technician takes some measurements of the patient’s head. Once appropriate measurements have been made to determine optimal location of the coil placement, the technician then places the stimulating coil on the patients head and starts treatment. This treatment typically lasts from 20-30 minutes. This is conducted over a 4-6 week time frame of daily sessions. After each session the patient can drive home or back to work unassisted and can immediately resume normal daily activities.

Most patients report increased energy, focus, and motivation to perform activities and hobbies in as little as 5-10 sessions. Many patients describe TMS therapy as life changing. Often times family members will notice effects before the patient does. As functional MRI imaging has clearly demonstrated, TMS increases blood flow to the area of the brain being stimulated, and if done repetitively also increases gray matter density.

Continuous Theta-burst
Intermittent Theta-burst (iTBS)
Depression 10 Hz (120%, 19 min) – FDA approved
Depression 10 Hz (120%) – FDA approved

TMS Therapy