The Technology Behind TMS
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.
The rapidly pulsing magnetic fields that are generated by the NeuroStar© TMS device go directly through the hair,
scalp and skull and create small electric currents in the area of the brain directly under the treatment coil.
The electric currents created in the brain make nerve cells in that region become active and affect other nerve cells
deep in the brain that are involved in mood.
Explore the slideshow below to learn more!
Non Depressed Vs. Depressed Brain
Research has shown that in depressed patients the regions of the brain that are responsible for mood regulation are less active than those of patients who do not have depression.
The Left Prefrontal Cortex
The prefrontal cortex is the part of the brain that is responsible for a persons personality. Lowered activity in this area is directly related to depression. In fact, the less active the prefrontal cortex is, the more severe a person's depression becomes.
Targeted Magnetic Pulses
TMS Therapy works by applying precisely targeted magnetic pulses (similar to those of an MRI) to the prefrontal cortex of the brain.
Deep Brain Stimulation
Magnetic pulses provide stimulate the prefrontal cortex, thereby reducing depression, but also trigger deeper stimulation in other parts of the brain that are responsible for overall emotional regulation.
Increased overall brain activity resulting in remission from depression!