Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS)
The New Hope for Depression
Philmont Guidance Center is among the few mental health centers in the Philadelphia area to offer Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) using the NeuroStar TMS Therapy™ system.
TMS is a safe and effective, FDA-approved non-medication treatment for patients with Major Depression who are not responding to medication. The treatment is done on an outpatient basis in our Huntingdon Valley office.
The NeuroStar TMS Therapy system, which won FDA approval in 2008 and is the system used by Philmont Guidance Center, is the first and only TMS Therapy® device cleared by the FDA for the treatment of depression.
What to Expect
How It Works
During TMS treatment, Dr. Hartman uses a treatment coil to send a pulsed magnetic field similar in type and strength to magnetic fields produced by an MRI machine to the part of the brain thought to control mood.
TMS Therapy™ is a highly targeted treatment reaching 2-3 centimeters into the brain directly beneath the treatment coil. It allows for precise, targeted stimulation, minimizing the stimulation of brain tissue not involved with mood. These magnetic pulses produce very small electrical currents. The amount of electricity created in the brain is very small and cannot be felt by a patient. These small electric currents can cause the neurons (brain cells) to fire or become active and lead to the release of neurotransmitters (the brain's chemical messengers).
Patients remain awake and alert during TMS treatment.
TMS is offered on an outpatient basis, with each session lasting about 45 minutes. A series of 20 to 30 treatments is typically required to achieve an optimal outcome.