What is TMS? How does it work?

Here's an overview of Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation on behalf of Advanced Mental Health Care Inc. and Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.


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Via Advanced Mental Health Care Inc.:

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How Does Deep TMS Compare To Standard RTMS?


There are currently two kinds of TMS publicly available as a form of therapy: the earlier, standard rTMS; and the more advanced Deep TMS. While they share certain similarities, each holds its own unique attributes, with standard rTMS being the first on the market, and Deep TMS being the only noninvasive therapy FDA-cleared to treat Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD).

Similarities Between Deep TMS and Standard rTMS

  • Standard and Deep TMS activate a series of magnetic pulses that safely reaches brain structures shown to be related to a number of mental health conditions. The repeated magnetic pulses they use influence and regulate these brain structures’ neural activity—with Deep TMS managing to directly stimulate deeper structures—thereby reducing adverse symptoms of mental health conditions.

  • Both standard TMS and Deep TMS have been shown to be safe, noninvasive forms of therapy. In a 2007 randomized controlled study published by Clinical Neurophysiology, the safety of Deep TMS was compared to both the standard TMS treatment and a sham group. The results showed that just like the sham and standard TMS groups, Deep TMS is well tolerated, with no adverse physical or neurological outcomes.

  • Additionally, both standard and Deep TMS were found to effectively offer greater relief to individuals battling mental health issues. A 2019 study on Major Depressive Disorder (MDD), published in the Journal of Psychiatric Research, elaborates on this point: when examined across all MDD levels of severity, the study found that both standard and Deep TMS treatments resulted in significantly higher remission rates when combined with pharmacotherapy, as opposed to pharmacotherapy alone. Response rates, however, were found to be significantly higher for Deep TMS and pharmacotherapy than both standard rTMS and pharmacotherapy, and pharmacotherapy alone.

Now that we know what Deep Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation is,

let's take a look at how it can help you

Last, but not least...

Why BrainsWay?

  • BrainsWay has revolutionized the treatment of depression and OCD. With BrainsWay’s unique therapy, you can regain a sense of well-being and enjoy a better quality of life in just a few weeks.

  • BrainsWay’s Deep TMS therapy is effective*, safe and generally well-tolerated* for people with these common brain disorders. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) cleared BrainsWay’s Deep TMS device for the treatment of depression and OCD (De Novo) in patients who failed to respond to antidepressant medications. The treatment has been demonstrated to be effective in several clinical trials.*

  • BrainsWay’s therapy is not painful or disruptive, does not cause systemic side effects*, and does not require hospitalization or anesthesia.

  • Treatment involves sitting comfortably in a chair and wearing a helmet containing a patented H-coil for 20-minutes. The coil stimulates the brain by creating a temporary magnetic field.

  • BrainsWay’s Deep TMS has been tested in over 60 clinical trials worldwide. It can even help people who have not responded well to medications, or to a combination of psychotherapy and medication.

Are you interested in TMS?