Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) Service
Support for individuals who struggle with depression. Call us today to find out if TMS is right for you.
The Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) Service is dedicated to improving the quality of life for individuals with depression, particularly treatment-resistant depression.
Our program uses TMS to treat severe depression and is particularly helpful for people with depression who have not experienced significant relief from antidepressant medications or have difficulty with side effects.
McLean’s TMS Service is available in two locations. In Belmont on McLean’s main campus, the service is located within the ECT/TMS suite in the de Marneffe Building. In Middleborough, the Neurotherapeutics Suite is at our Oak Street site.
Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) uses focused magnetic impulses to non-invasively stimulate the brain in the pre-frontal cortex (the region of the brain associated with mood regulation).
TMS is non-invasive and requires no anesthesia or sedation. The procedure typically lasts less than an hour. During this time patients are awake, alert and comfortable.
There are no restrictions on work or other activity before the treatment. Because no medications are administered, there are no systemic effects or cognitive after-effects (memory difficulty or ability to concentrate). Therefore, patients can return immediately to regular activity.
Patients typically receive 20 to 30 treatments over four to six weeks (five times per week). There may also be a taper phase. The course of treatment will vary according to each individual.
An initial assessment will determine the appropriate dose of the magnetic pulse and the exact area of the brain the coil should target. As the treatment progresses, the clinician will conduct periodic re-evaluations of the dose level and coil placement.