What is rTMS?

rTMS uses a magnet to activate the brain. It is performed in a clinical setting whilst the person remains awake and alert. A magnetic coil is carefully positioned on the patient’s head and a magnetic field induces an electric current targeting a small area of the brain involved in mood regulation. It is not as effective as ECT; but has fewer side effects. “Top ups” of TMS may be required. Studies are currently ongoing.

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