Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) has been used to study the nerve fibers that carry information about movements. These movements are from the brain to the spinal cord and on to the muscles. This research which has started in the 80’s help start the use of TMS for depression. In the 1990s, doctors explored the therapeutic potential of transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) for the treatment of a variety of diseases including depression. Depression being the most thoroughly studied to date. Since the start of TMS research, more than 100 randomized, controlled trials studying transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) as a treatment for depression have been conducted by researchers, doctors, and physicians around the world.
TMS (transcranial magnetic stimulation) therapy was FDA-cleared in October 2008 for patients suffering from depression who have not achieved satisfactory improvement from prior antidepressant medications that they have tried to use in the past. Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) therapy uses pulsed magnetic fields which stimulate the part of the brain thought to be involved with mood regulation and thus depression. TMS Therapy from Cascade TMS in Portland, OR is a short outpatient procedure. It is performed in your psychiatrist’s office under his or her supervision. The patient remains awake and alert during the procedure. The initial course of treatment is typically about 19-37 minutes. This all depending on what the doctor determines is the correct protocol. This routine is typically done daily over 4-6 weeks.
TMS Therapy is non-invasive. This means TMS therapy does not involve surgery. TMS therapy does not require any anesthesia or sedation. The patient remains awake and alert during the treatment.
TMS Therapy is non-systemic. This means that it is not taken by mouth and does not circulate in the bloodstream throughout the body.