Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) uses a targeted pulsed magnetic field, similar to what is used in an MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) machine. While the patient is awake and alert, NeuroStar TMS Therapy stimulates areas of the brain that are underactive in depression.
Here’s what you can expect from a NeuroStar Advanced Therapy (TMS) session:
You will recline comfortably in the treatment chair
A small, curved magnetic coil will be positioned lightly on your head
NeuroStar delivers focused magnetic stimulation directly to the target areas of the brain
You will hear a clicking sound and feel a tapping sensation on your head
You can resume normal activities immediately
Because there are no effects on alertness or memory, you can drive yourself to and from treatment sessions
In-office treatment with NeuroStar TMS Therapy takes 19 minutes and is administered 5 days a week for approximately 4-6 weeks.