TMS

Therapies

  • Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation

Description:
The Center for BrainHealth at the University of Texas at Dallas, is looking for participants between the ages of 18-45 for inclusion in a scientific study using Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation as an option for treating PTSD. You must be a veteran of Operation Enduring Freedom or Operation Iraqi Freedom and meet additional inclusion criteria to participate.

This project is conducted in a non-clinical environment, using cutting edge technology to accelerate the natural recovery process.

You may be excluded from the study if you have a history of neurological problems, drug abuse, eating disorders, heart disease, any implanted pumps or pacemakers, or if you take any medication that lowers your seizure risk.

After an initial assessment, candidates will participate in 12 weekly sessions of a non invasive procedure to stimulate the brain to lower anxiety followed by a therapy session. In addition to receiving the services provided in the study, individuals will receive financial compensation.

To learn more, call Tina Bass 972 883-3216 or
email Christina.Bass@utd.edu.
 
What is rTMS?
TMS stands for “Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation.” When the pulses are given in succession, it is referred to as “repetitive TMS” or “rTMS.” TMS is a medical procedure that works by delivering highly focused MRI-strength magnetic pulses to noninvasively (without surgery) stimulate the brain. The TMS treatment session is conducted using a small hand held device called a “treatment coil” that delivers energy to the brain using pulsed “magnetic fields.” These magnetic fields are similar to those used in magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) machines. Patients being treated with TMS do not require anesthesia or sedation. They remain awake and alert and return to work or their daily routine immediately after each treatment.

Study Procedure
To receive rTMS, a doctor or technician will first place the treatment coil on your head. You may hear a repetitive clicking sound and possibly feel a tapping sensation on your scalp. The stimulator will be adjusted to give just enough energy to send electromagnetic pulses through your scalp to make your fingers twitch. The amount of energy required to make your thumb twitch half the time is called the “motor threshold.” Everyone has a different motor threshold and the treatments are given at an energy level that is based on the individual’s motor threshold. Once these technical settings are decided, you will have the rTMS positioned over the right side of your head. You will then receive a treatment that will last about 30-40 minutes. Once your rTMS session is completed, you will immediately begin your therapy session.

 

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