Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation Therapy

What is Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) Therapy?

Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) Therapy works to stimulate key areas of the brain that are underactive in patients with depression. TMS may be tried when other depression treatments have not worked. Sheppard Pratt Health System is proud to be one of the first sites in the country offering TMS Therapy to treat depression.

Approved by the US Food and Drug Administration, TMS Therapy is available to patients at The Retreat at Sheppard Pratt who suffer from treatment resistant depression. Please email, or call 410-938-3891 for more information.

TMS Treatments - The Procedure

During NeuroStar TMS Therapy®, magnetic field pulses are generated and aimed at an area of the brain that has been demonstrated to function abnormally in patients with depression and mood regulation. This magnetic field is the same type and strength as those produced by a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) machine.

• 40-minute outpatient procedure
• Performed under the supervision of a psychiatrist
• Patients are awake and alert during the procedure (no anesthesia or sedation is necessary)
• For most patients, treatment is administered daily for four to six weeks (20-30 treatments)

To learn more about TMS Therapy, please visit Sheppard Pratt Health System’s website.

Common Side Effects

In clinical trials, approximately 50 percent of patients treated with NeuroStar TMS Therapy® experienced significant improvement in depression symptoms without experiencing side effects; however, some reported scalp pain or discomfort during the treatment session. This side effect was generally mild to moderate, and occurred less frequently after the first week of treatment.

To learn more about NeuroStar TMS Therapy®, please visit the official Neuronetics website.