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When a patient does not see improvement through medication or cannot tolerate antidepressant therapy, transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) is a non-invasive, FDA-approved approach to managing depression.
What we do
If you or someone you love is living with debilitating depression, WVU Rockefeller Neuroscience Institute behavioral medicine experts are here to help.
ABOUT MAGSTIM TMS THERAPY
Learn about repetitive TMS (transcranial magnetic stimulation) and how this non-invasive, outpatient procedure treats depression by activating areas of the brain.
Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) has been used in various ways in neuroscientific and clinical research for more than 30 years. Since 2010, TMS therapy has been recommended by the American Psychiatric Association as a treatment for adults with major depression who have failed to respond to at least one antidepressant.
About TMS therapy:
- Brief, repetitive magnetic pulses to stimulate brain cells and help normalize brain activity.
- The electromagnetic coil used is similar to the one used in an MRI.
- TMS does not require medications, sedation, or anesthesia.
- TMS is safe and has very few side effects.
What happens during TMS?
- Treatment sessions take place at the RNI Innovation Center, on WVU Medicine’s main Morgantown campus.
- Treatment sessions generally last 20 to 45 minutes.
- Patients are seated in a special chair, and an electromagnetic coil is placed on the head.
- Pulses activate nerve cells near the surface of the brain that communicate with nerves in deeper areas known to be affected by depression.
Does insurance cover TMS?
- Most insurance covers TMS, but some might have specific criteria.
- Our team will work with you and your insurance company to determine if TMS is an option.
- Patients may self-pay, and costs are highly competitive when compared to other providers’ fees.
Non-Invasive Treatment for Depression
TMS Therapy uses short pulses of magnetic energy to stimulate nerve cells in the brain. These magnetic pulses are delivered to the area in the brain responsible for emotional judgement and mood regulation.