TMS: The exciting treatment technology that has helped thousands of patients with medication-resistant depression.
Like the dark horse breaking free from the pack and galloping to the forefront, Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) is proving to be a leader in the treatment of depression for patients who did not find relief with traditional antidepressant medications. Read on about this promising and powerful therapeutic method—because knowledge is power.
The origins of transcranial magnetic stimulation can be traced back to 1780 when the science of electrophysiology was first developed in Italy. The modern version of TMS began its evolution in the 1800s with the earliest use of magnetic fields to stimulate the brain and continued the progression to England, where, in 1976, it was shown that nerves could be stimulated using short pulsating magnetic fields. In 1985, The U.K.’s Anthony Barker and the Sheffield Group designed a machine that utilized electromagnets, versus straight electrical currents that had been found to cause pain and seizures. Using the electromagnetic technology, they were able to stimulate the cerebral cortex with minimal discomfort.
Ongoing research on the effectiveness of TMS, with over 3,500 papers published on the subject, has consistently shown its effectiveness and promise in treating a full spectrum of conditions, including major depressive disorder, PTSD, autism, nicotine and cocaine addiction, and more. In 2008, the FDA approved TMS for the treatment of drug-resistant depression following a randomized control trial or study by a National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). The study of 190 patients with medication-resistant depression produced statistically significant results, showing the clear antidepressant effects of TMS, while also providing evidence of its safety and efficacy.
In 2012, a breakthrough study by Linda Carpenter from Butler Hospital at Brown University was conducted in real-world clinical settings. Although about 30 such trial studies had preceded this one, these recent study results validated TMS efficacy, demonstrating a 58% positive response rate and a 37% remission rate.
- The non-invasive TMS treatment is performed on an outpatient basis in a doctor’s office.
- The patient is seated in a comfortable chair during the session.
- The TMS helmet is placed on the patient’s head.
- Rapid pulses are administered via a coil built into the helmet for a period of 20-40 minutes.
- The patient can then drive to work or school and resume all normal daily activities.
BRAINSWAY TMS MACHINES
The Brainsway machine was developed from 2000-2009 and gained FDA approved in 2013. The device has been successfully tested around the world, demonstrating its efficacy in treating medication-resistant depression in over 60 publications. The Brainsway treatment technology is often referred to as “Deep” TMS, because the magnetic pulses reach a distance up to 8 cm in depth.
In Europe, Brainsway has received CE certification to treat several physical and mental health conditions, including Alzheimer’s disease, autism, major depressive disorder, schizophrenia, obsessive-compulsive disorder, stroke rehabilitation, multiple sclerosis, bipolar disorder, smoking cessation, and chronic pain.
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The Brainsway machine has been successfully tested around the world, demonstrating its efficacy in over 60 clinical trials globally. The Brainsway treatment is often referred to as “Deep” TMS, because the magnetic pulses reach deeper than other magnetic coils.
- A comfortable padded helmet with a built in H-coil specific for patients with experiencing Depression.
- Pulses are delivered to strategic regions of the brain through the H-coil technology.
- Pulses are delivered safely stimulating more neurons without any additional risk.
- A cooling system is integrated into the helmet.
- Treatment sessions last 20 minutes.