Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation FAQ
TMS is covered by most insurances. Our staff will submit all the necessary paperwork on your behalf so that you can get the treatment you need.
We also offer competitive private pay rates if your insurance does not cover TMS. Most insurances will cover only if you have tried and failed at least two different antidepressants.
No, TMS unlike ECT requires no sedation and is not associated with a risk of amnesia as in ECT.
While dTMS sends magnetic pulses about 4cm into the brain to activate deep brain neurons, rTMS sends magnetic pulses only 1.5cm into the brain to activate neurons that, in turn, communicate with neurons in the deep brain. Both dTMS and rTMS administer repeated magnetic pulses during treatment. While the magnetic coils and technologies used are slightly different, both are highly effective in treating major depression. dTMS does carry a higher risk of seizures.
Yes, you can continue your antidepressants and other psychiatric medications however we prefer no psychiatric medication adjustments until treatment is completed unless necessary.
rTMS is very well tolerated with minimal side effects. Some TMS clients may experience a mild Headache or Scalp discomfort at the site of stimulation.
As rTMS uses a magnet, anyone with non-removable metal in their heads (with the exception of dental fillings or braces) should never receive rTMS therapy. Failure to follow this rule could cause the object to heat up, move, or malfunction, and result in serious injury or death. The following is a list of metal implants that can prevent a patient from receiving rTMS:
- Aneurysm clips or coils
- Stents in the neck or brain
- Deep brain stimulators
- Electrodes to monitor brain activity
- Metallic implants in your ears and eyes
- Shrapnel or bullet fragments in or near the head
- Facial tattoos with metallic or magnetic-sensitive ink
- Other metal devices or object implanted in or near the head