Cascade TMS’s therapy system works through a magnetic coil. The TMS Therapy system generates highly concentrated magnetic fields which turn on and off rapidly. The magnetic fields in Cascade TMS’s system are the same type and strength as those produced by a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) machine.
The TMS treatment coil is applied to the head. The magnetic coil is focused on above the left prefrontal cortex. This is the part of the brain that is involved with mood regulation. These magnetic fields do not directly affect the whole brain. These fields only reach about 2-3 centimeters into the brain directly beneath the treatment coil. As these magnetic fields move and pulse rapidly they produce very small electrical currents. The electrical currents activate cells within the brain. These cells are thought to release neurotransmitters like serotonin, norepinephrine, and dopamine. Since depression is thought to be the result of an imbalance of these chemicals in the brain, TMS can restore that balance and, thus, relieve depression.
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