Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation
Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) is a non-invasive form of brain stimulation that can be used to treat depression and other psychiatric disorders. In treating depression, TMS may be used when patients have not responded to antidepressant medications, have unacceptable side effects to medications or would prefer to try another treatment option. This treatment can be provided either on inpatient or outpatient basis.
TMS has been extensively studied for over 20 years with a large number of clinical trials confirming that it is an effective treatment.
TMS is an approved treatment for depression in multiple countries, including Australia, the United States, Canada, Israel, and the United Kingdom.
How does TMS Treatment work?
TMS uses magnetic fields generated from an electrical coil which is placed over the scalp to activate specific areas of the brain. Over repeated sessions the changes in brain activity are thought to correct abnormal brain functioning associated with depression.
Treatment sessions for TMS occur in the TMS suite at The Melbourne Clinic. Treatment sessions for TMS last between 30 and 40 minutes. During this time you will be monitored by a nurse in the TMS suite. You will be sitting in a comfortable chair completely awake and alert. For the initial course of TMS patients usually have 20 sessions of TMS over four weeks. TMS treatment is generally very well tolerated and appears to be free of major side-effects.
Who is suitable for TMS therapy?
Patients who are suitable for TMS will typically have continued symptoms of depression despite having tried two or more antidepressant medications.
There are a few factors that may make a patient not suitable for TMS, having a history of epilepsy or seizures, being pregnant, or under 18 years of age.
If you are interested in having TMS, your Psychiatrist can discuss with you whether this is a suitable treatment option. From there, a referral can be made to the TMS Team at The Melbourne Clinic so you can be formally assessed.
For further information please contact our TMS Coordinator, Sue Tran
Phone: 03 9487 4628
Fax: 03 9487 4655