FAQs

How often is TMS done?


TMS treatment is administered 5 times a week for 4-6 weeks (20-30 sessions). Each treatment time is around 20 minutes.




Is TMS uncomfortable or painful?


TMS therapy is delivered as a low-intensity procedure that lightly penetrates the skull and brain but without using invasive measures to alter the structure of the brain. Headaches are the most common side effect, but these are usually temporary.




Is TMS like ECT (shock therapy)?


There are several key differences between these two treatments; For one, ECT relies on a heavy usage of electricity because most of it encircles the skull since electricity doesn’t want to penetrate the solid surface. The amount of electricity applied induces intentional seizures, whereas TMS therapy is not invasive and doesn’t run the risk of damaging the brain. Patients undergoing ECT are given anesthesia so the seizures aren’t very visible. However, in TMS therapy, no such seizures are necessary; magnetic pulses easily penetrate the skull without going very deep.




Does TMS therapy cause memory loss?


No, there is no memory loss known to correspond with TMS therapy.




Are there side effects of TMS therapy?


About 1 in 10,000 patients may experience a seizure during transcranial magnetic stimulation therapy. It is important to tell your doctor if you have a history of seizures. The most common side effect is mild headaches after the first two or three treatments.




Is TMS covered by insurance?


Most insurances cover TMS. We obtain prior authorization from insurance before treatment.




Who cannot get TMS therapy?


For the most part, just about any type of patient is capable of getting TMS therapy. There are a few exceptions, however. The following types of individuals may not qualify for TMS therapy: Patients who have undergone brain surgery and still have magnetic metals in the brain Patients who have never responded to other depression treatments Very elderly patients Patients who have seizures




Do I need to be hospitalized for TMS?


No TMS is an outpatient procedure. You can drive after the treatment session.




Who administers TMS?


The initial dose finding treatment is always done by a physician. The daily treatments are administered by our trained technicians under the supervision of a physician.