WHAT IS NEURONAVIGATED TMS
What is TMS?

TMS’ stands for Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation, which is a non-invasive treatment that targets specific brain areas using electromagnetic induction.

A non-invasive hand held device is placed near the head during treatment, which induces an electrical current in specific brain areas. This stimulates the brain naturally to regulate its neurotransmitters and improve connectivity between different brain areas.

This has been clinically proven to improve symptoms of a variety of conditions such as depression and chronic pain. At HHC, we believe that it’s a highly effective treatment for some very debilitating conditions.

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How does TMS work?

  • At the basic level, our brains communicate via electric currents. TMS uses the principles of electromagnetic induction to non invasively and painlessly introduce electric currents into specific brain areas to produce changes such as improved connectivity, regulation of neurotransmitters.
  • Our brains are neuroplastic meaning that they are able to change (for example functionally, structurally) and this gives us an opportunity to treat some brain conditions by inducing these kinds of changes.
  • The challenge of TMS therapy relates to the accurate targeting of brain regions associated with patent symptoms.

Magnets which are placed near the head during a TMS treatment induce an electrical current in specific brain areas, which in turn stimulate the brain naturally to regulate its neurotransmitters, increase in volume, and improve connectivity between different brain areas.

This has been scientifically proven to improve symptoms of a variety of conditions such as depression, OCD and chronic pain, and at HHC, we believe that it’s a highly effective treatment for some very debilitating conditions.

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What happens during a nTMS session?

Before your neuronavigated TMS session, you will be asked to undergo a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan to identify the location of the target area in the brain. The information from the imaging study is then uploaded to the machine. The psychiatrist or nurse will use the scan to help to guide the placement of the TMS coil over the target area during subsequent treatment sessions. This makes the coil placement more consistent and more accurate. It is possible to proceed without the MRI, but this then means we can’t use the neuronavigation for greater accuracy of targeting.

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When undergoing transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) treatment in the clinic, here are some things you can expect:

Preparation: Before the treatment, you will be asked to sit in a comfortable chair or couch. The healthcare provider will prepare you for the treatment by positioning a coil over your head and adjusting it for optimal stimulation. You will be greeted by our highly trained staff, who will confirm your details and recent health status (eg any ill health, medication changes, recent stressful events), offer you ear plugs, and then invite you to recline in the specially designed, comfortable chair. You will have a ‘fiducial’ (orientation, like a GPS marker) dot placed on your forehead so that the machine knows where to reference, and EEG probes applied to your hand and can then relax as our staff get to work. If you wish you can also see what the clinician sees when they are mapping your treatment on the patient screen.

Session Length: A typical TMS session lasts around 20-30 minutes.

Sensations: During the treatment, you will hear a clicking sound as the magnetic pulses are delivered to your brain. You may also feel a tapping or tingling sensation on your scalp. These sensations are generally mild and well-tolerated.

Frequency of Treatment: The frequency of TMS treatments depends on your specific treatment plan. Typically, patients receive treatment five days a week for four to six weeks, followed by tapering off the frequency of treatments.

Side Effects: TMS is generally considered a safe and well-tolerated treatment, and most patients do not experience any serious side effects. However, some people may experience mild headaches, scalp discomfort, or muscle twitching during or after the treatment.

Improvement of Symptoms: Over the course of treatment, many patients report improvement in symptoms such as depression, anxiety, or chronic pain. It is important to remember that individual responses to TMS treatment can vary, and it may take several weeks before you notice a significant improvement in your symptoms.

TMS is a non-invasive and generally well-tolerated treatment. If you have specific questions or concerns about the treatment, we welcome you reaching out to our staff and letting them know as soon as possible.

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