Brain Scans Show How TMS Treats Depression

Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) uses a pulsing magnetic field to activate or suppress the brain centres associated with a number of medical and psychiatric disorders.

If you were wondering how that works, these brain scan images illustrate the difference between a brain in a depressed and non-depressed state.

depressed brain scan

How Does TMS Work?

The TMS therapy system generates a highly concentrated magnetic field produced by a treatment coil.

The magnetic field is the same strength as produced by MRI scanners and it pulses on and off at different frequencies, reaching about 2-3 centimetres into the brain, directly beneath the specifically placed treatment coil.

In depression, the activity is increased leading to the restoration of nerve connections which heals the depression. The scan shows very clearly the lower amount of brain activity in the brain with depression compared to a normal, healthy brain.

Medically Approved Treatment

Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) has been FDA approved in America for depression since 2008 and was approved by NICE in the UK in 2015.

Smart TMS Clinics

Smart TMS is a specialist provider of TMS treatment, located at clinics in London, Birmingham, Northampton and Dublin with expansion planned for Manchester and Bristol in 2018. Repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation therapy (rTMS) is a technological breakthrough in the treatment of depression with a variety of further potential treatment applications.


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