Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS), is a procedure which uses magnetic fields to stimulate nerve cells in the brain to improve symptoms of Depression and a few other related disorders. Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation may be tried when other Depression treatments have not worked. It is a definitive treatment alternative, and is considered non-invasive.
With TMS, a large electromagnetic coil is placed against your scalp near your forehead. The electromagnet used in TMS creates electric currents which stimulate nerve cells in the region of your brain involved in mood control and Depression. This is well tested in active clinical trials and considered safe.
Unlike vagus nerve stimulation or deep brain stimulation, TMS doesn’t require surgery or implantation of electrodes. And, unlike electroconvulsive therapy (ECT), it doesn’t cause seizures or requires complete sedation with anaesthesia. However, TMS does carry some risks and can cause some side effects. These can be discussed with your treating Doctor at length.
(Acknowledgement: Professor Colleen Loo and UNSW).
At Marsai Clinic, we have partnered with NeuroXcell TMS to deliver TMS. Dr Saibal Guha and his team have many years of experience in carrying out this therapy and have found promising results.
This is a community initiative, following RANZCP recommendations. Medicare Australia (since 01 November 2021), has accepted TMS therapy for Medicare reimbursement. Hence, your sessions (35 total treatments in one year), can be reimbursed when following proper guidelines.
Little preparation is usually required for TMS. You will require a GP referral to a Psychiatrist skilled in this procedure. Your Psychiatrist will assess you and then decide whether you require TMS. A referral can then easily be sent to our clinic.
Contact our TMS partner on:
Ph: 07 3088 2105
Fax: 07 3567 9482
Email: [email protected]
Resources and Links:
- TMS Fact Sheet
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