Introducing NeuroStar TMS Therapy
NeuroStar TMS Therapy is a new treatment cleared by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for patients suffering from depression* who have not achieved satisfactory improvement from prior antidepressant treatment. TMS stands for “transcranial magnetic stimulation.” Read about what TMS Therapy is...
What are the Benefits and Risks of NeuroStar TMS Therapy?
NeuroStar TMS Therapy has been demonstrated to be safe and tolerable. Over 10,000 active treatments were safely performed with NeuroStar TMS Therapy during the clinical trials.Read more about the Benefits and Risks...
How Does Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) Work?
Through a treatment coil, the NeuroStar TMS Therapy system generates highly concentrated, magnetic fields which turn on and off very rapidly. These magnetic fields are the same type and strength as those produced by a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) machine.
The treatment coil is applied to the head above the left prefrontal cortex. This part of the brain is involved with mood regulation, and therefore is the location where the magnetic fields are focused. These magnetic fields do not directly affect the whole brain; they only reach about 2-3 centimeters into the brain directly beneath the treatment coil. As these magnetic fields move into the brain, they produce very small electrical currents. These electrical currents activate cells within the brain, which are thought to release neurotransmitters.
* NeuroStar TMS TherapyŽ is indicated for the treatment of Major Depressive Disorder in adult patients who have failed to achieve satisfactory improvement from one prior antidepressant medication at or above the minimal effective dose and duration in the current episode.
Which Patients are Good Candidates for NeuroStar TMS Therapy?
NeuroStar TMS Therapy is an appropriate treatment option for adult patients with Major Depressive Disorder who have failed to achieve satisfactory improvement from one prior antidepressant medication at or above the minimal effective dose and duration in the current episode...are you a good candidate?
Which Patients Should NOT Receive NeuroStar TMS Therapy?
NeuroStar TMS Therapy should not be used in patients with implanted metallic devices or non-removable metallic objects in or around the head (for example, metal plates in the skull, aneurysm coils, etc.) because serious injury could result....you may not be able to receive this therapy?