What is transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS)?

TMS is a form of brain stimulation where a magnetic field (about the same strength as in an MRI scan) is used to change the activity of brain cells in specific brain areas. TMS can be used against treatment-resistant depression and is approved by the FDA. When treating depression with TMS, a coil is placed on the forehead to target the dorsolateral prefrontal cortex (DLPFC) of the brain. A TMS procedure typically lasts for 30-60 minutes and a full treatment includes 20-30 procedures. No anesthesia or muscle relaxants are needed and the patient is fully awake through the procedures.

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What is tDCS?

Transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) is a non-invasive, non-pharmacological and painless form of brain stimulation. It’s used to treat depression and chronic pain