TMS Can Help Reset Depressed Brain Activity

Depression affects over 14 million American adults on any given year and advances in brain imaging techniques have demonstrated that depression is largely caused by nerve cell under-activity in the frontal region of the brain. TMS Therapy is an FDA-approved, non-invasive breakthrough for patients who have failed conventional treatments, psychotherapy, or ECT for depression. In multiple studies, TMS has been shown useful in other neuropsychiatric syndromes such as OCD, anxiety, and substance abuse. Depression symptoms may include the following:

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  • Depressed mood (hopelessness) or irritability
  • Decreased interest or pleasure in daily activities
  • Diminished ability to think or concentrate
  • Feelings of worthlessness
  • Restlessness, agitation, and slower than normal movements
  • Fatigue or aches
  • Insomnia or excessive sleeping
  • Weight gain or loss of 5% of body weight within a month
  • Crying spells
  • Thoughts of death or suicide

At Smart Brain and Health, TMS Therapy is performed with the use of neuronavigation and uses MRI and Functional MRI information to both accurately target illness and track progress during treatment.

How does TMS work? TMS Therapy is a non-invasive, entirely safe, and painless treatment that focuses on specific areas of the brain (such as the frontal lobe region in depression patients) to activate neurons that are under-performing.

The only reported side effects of TMS are incidences of seizures in individuals who have a history of epilepsy. The initial treatment can sometimes be slightly uncomfortable due to the repetitive “pecking” sensation of pulses to the surface of the skin. This discomfort is significantly decreased with the application of topical anesthetic ointments and usually doesn’t last more than two treatments.

Smart Brain and Health has successfully treated hundreds of patients suffering from depression. Pre-treatment and post-treatment imaging allows both the patient and the physician to visualize the effect of TMS Therapy and “See the Thinking Brain™.” 

If you or someone you know is suffering from depression, please call Smart Brain and Health at 310-829-9788 and dial extension 2220 or simply send an e-mail to breablevins@micsc.com. Our office will follow up to answer any of your questions and help guide you to the most appropriate treatment. In order to better understand your depression and personalize your treatment for maximum effects, please have a full list of any medications you are taking for depression as well as any heart or blood-pressure related medications.

 
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About Dr. Bradley A. Jabour, CEO and Chief of Radiology – Medical Imaging Center of Southern California

For more than 25 years, Medical Imaging Center of Southern California has been home to a talented group of board-certified, fellowship-trained radiologists, innovative imaging techniques, and state-of-the-art technology. Bradley A. Jabour, M.D. is the sole owner, CEO, and Chief of Radiology of the following businesses located in Santa Monica, CA:
  • Medical Imaging Center of Southern California – a premier multi-modality outpatient imaging facility
  • Directed Interventional Surgery Center – an outpatient surgery center which uses minimally invasive techniques and image guiding to perform outpatient surgery
  • Smart Brain and Health – advanced neuro therapeutic techniques for the diagnosis and treatment of various neurological disorders
  • Women’s Imaging at Medical Imaging – a center dedicated to women’s health issues
  • Prostate MRI Health – a highly-specialized, non-invasive prostate MRI exam that scans for prostate abnormalities
  • Smart Heart and Health – a concierge-style preventive imaging company that has developed the ZeroRad™ Full Body MRI, a no-radiation screening that detects diseases before the onset of symptoms
Dr. Bradley A. Jabour is an internationally recognized Neuroradiologist with more than 25 years of experience in academic and clinical practice. He completed his Fellowship in Neuroradiology at the UCLA Medical Center, where he also served on the Faculty of Radiology in Head and Neck. In 1991, Dr. Jabour received the prestigious Certificate of Merit Award from the Radiological Society of North America for his research in defining the role of PET scanning in detecting and diagnosing cancer in the extracranial head and neck. Since 2002, Dr. Jabour pioneered the expanding role of functional MRI’s (fMRI) in evaluating neurological disorders including brain degeneration, traumatic brain injury, and neuropsychiatric disorders. In addition, Dr. Jabour gained national recognition for developing new techniques in cancer imaging in the head and neck using PET/CT and MRI. Dr. Bradley Jabour has developed highly specialized scans such as the ZeroRad™ Full Body MRI, the multiparametric MRI of the prostate (mpMRI Prostate), and the Functional MRI (fMRI), which allows Smart Brain physicians to “See the Thinking Brain™.” In addition to being a sought-after lecturer, Dr. Jabour has appeared on various popular television shows such as Dr. Phil and The Doctors as a featured medical expert. For more information on Dr. Jabour or Medical Imaging and its associate companies, visit www.smartbrainandhealth.com or call 310.829.9788.
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Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation Therapy Testimonial by Patient Treated by Bradley A. Jabour, M.D. at Smart Brain and Health Advanced Neuro Therapeutics

Smart Brain and Health has successfully treated hundreds of patients struggling with depression, anxiety and other psychiatric issues at Medical Imaging Center of Southern California in Santa Monica, CA. Dr. Bradley A. Jabour has pioneered targeted Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) treatment using patented Neuronavigation™. Below is a testimonial written by a TMS patient.
  Neuro Therapeutics “I’ve received TMS with Smart Brain and Dr. Bradley A. Jabour 3 times. I was able to get off 90% of my medication the first time around. The first time, the sessions are not predetermined, as it is impossible to know how quickly one will respond and if one will respond (I think it’s around 75%, higher than other facilities because they Neuronavigate™ the location(s) to treat prior to each treatment…no other facility in this country Neuronavigates™). I had either 20 or 25 sessions. I had an anxiety disorder some ruminating thoughts associated with the generalized anxiety and panic attacks. I also was depressed (subjectively I think this was because I was having such a difficult time managing the anxiety). I noticed changes after session 6, but everyone is different. I thought the staff back in 2013, and more recently in 2015, were so polite and caring. I had ‘booster’ sessions of TMS for 2 weeks about 2 months ago. Again, after 6 sessions, due to my neuroplasticity I gained in the treated regions from the previous TMS, I had tremendous results after only one week – 6 sessions. My mind is quiet. I can concentrate more. I’m just not feeling my irrational feelings of fright anymore. TMS does work! And it is such a great alternative to medicine. Seriously.
  • No side effects.
  • Totally safe.
  • You can even do 2 sessions in one day.
Dr. Bradley Jabour and (his staff) go above and beyond. I met with Dr. Bradley Jabour twice, after each fMRI, and we thoroughly discussed my symptoms and how I was responding. His knowledge base on this treatment is truly phenomenal and he does take a considerable amount of time each time we meet. His entire imaging staff (is) so friendly and accommodating. You can heal there. Do not hesitate to try TMS here. I hope everyone that reads this finds comfort in knowing that they can feel better, a lot better! Smart Brain and Health is the best location to receive TMS. Again, no other facility in the country does the fMRI and Neuronavigation. It is not a cookie cutter treatment. Entirely individualized.”
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Q + A with Bradley A. Jabour – CEO/Chief of Radiology, Medical Imaging Center of Southern California

SM Mirror Picture Q + A with Dr. Bradley Jabour – CEO/Chief of Radiology, Medical Imaging Center of Southern California 
  Bradley A. Jabour, M.D. is an internationally recognized Neuroradiologist with more than 25 years of experience in academic and clinical practice. He completed his Fellowship in Neuroradiology at the UCLA Medical Center, where he also served on the Faculty of Radiology in Head and Neck.
Q: Who would be a good candidate for TMS treatment?
A: Dr. Bradley A. Jabour: Patients suffering from neuropsychiatric disorders such as depression, OCD, auditory hallucinations, Tourette’s Syndrome, and bipolar disorder should call us today to schedule a consultation. Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation is a non-pharmacological, non-invasive treatment that could work for patients suffering from these disorders.
Q: Describe the patient experience at Smart Brain and Health. 
A: Dr. Bradley A. Jabour: After your initial consultation and based on your symptoms, Smart Brain and Health will perform an MRI and a functional MRI of the brain to “See the Thinking Brain™” and find the areas in the brain where the TMS can be directed using GPS-like techniques on our Brain Lab, a modern day instrument.
This Neuronavigation uses the GPS system to target the disorder in the brain more accurately and results in far better results which are monitored with neurocognitive testing by our psychology and psychiatry team.
Q: What makes Smart Brain and Health unique compared to other TMS therapy facilities?
A: Dr. Bradley A. Jabour: Smart Brain and Health’s fMRI technology is a groundbreaking tool used to accurately target areas of the brain that are affected by or involved with brain diseases. Beyond a traditional MRI scan, fMRI is one of the most advanced imaging techniques that shows brain activity in real time, allowing us to truly “See the Thinking Brain™.” Using patented fMRI paradigms and procedures, Smart Brain and Health has achieved optimal results in treating patients with various neuropsychiatric disorders. We also pride ourselves on our compassionate, caring, and highly talented team.
Q: What do you think is the future of radiology? 
A: Dr. Bradley A. Jabour: Imagine if one image could save your life. With studies like the ZeroRad™ Full-Body MRI Scan and Functional MRI offered at Medical Imaging Center of Southern California, we can. Using MRI, we can take a 3D tour inside your brain, heart, and body with no exposure to radiation. Early detection means early intervention, and this will provide you with peace of mind in your quest to live a long and healthy life. That’s exciting and worth pursuing.
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TMS Treatment vs. ECT: Comparing the benefits and effects

An Abnormal Functional MRI.

TMS Treatment vs. ECT: Comparing the benefits and effects

Transcranial magnetic stimulation is a non-invasive, non-pharmacological alternative to other depression treatments, including electroconvulsive therapy. TMS treatment is the use of a large electromagnetic coil applied to the forehead to stimulate nerve cell activity and treat symptoms such as depression, Tourette’s Syndrome, OCD, and many other psychiatric disorders while electroconvulsive therapy involves electric currents being passed through the brain to trigger brief seizures that can reverse symptoms of some mental illnesses. Both are means of treating depression, but the low-risk, non-invasive, and targeted nature of the TMS pioneered by Dr. Bradley Jabour at Smart Brain and Health makes it an optimal option for treatment.
According to an article on PsychCentral.com titled Risks and Side Effects of ECT, some patients have rare but potentially severe reactions to the anesthesia used during ECT. TMS treatment does not require anesthesia, and most patients experience little to no pain during treatment. In rare sensitive cases, an anesthetic balm (numbing cream) can be administered externally to alleviate any discomfort associated with the treatment. Another uncommon but potentially fatal risk associated with ECT therapy is cardiovascular complication. At the time of this article, there are 0 reported deaths due to transcranial magnetic stimulation. Although electroconvulsive therapy risks can be lowered by taking proper precautions for pre-existing conditions prior to treatment, the risk is still present.
Another one of the major side effects of ECT is short-term memory loss. TMS Therapy has little to no side effects; the only reported side effect, which has only been reported in some cases, is a slight headache which usually goes away after the first few treatments.
In today’s fast-moving society, it’s important to be able to return to one’s daily routine immediately following medical treatment. With transcranial magnetic stimulation, all patients are able to return to their daily activities almost immediately. However, with ECT treatment, the application of anesthesia means it can take hours for a patient to recover and continue with their day.
At Smart Brain and Health in Santa Monica, CA, Dr. Bradley Jabour and his team of board-certified, fellowship-trained radiologists have successfully treated hundreds of patients for symptoms including:
• Depression
• Tourette’s Syndrome
• Anxiety
• OCD
• Bipolar disorder
• Auditory hallucinations
• Other psychiatric disorders.
To find out if TMS can help you, call Dr. Bradley Jabour and his team at 310-829-3438 or visit www.SmartBrainandHealth.com for more information.
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The ZeroRad™ Full Body MRI Scan – the no radiation preventive imaging screening tool

Imagine if one image could save your life…

With the ZeroRad™ Full Body MRI Scan one diagnostic image (with no radiation exposure) can detect the earliest stages of life threatening diseases, such as cancer, stroke, coronary artery disease and Alzheimer’s, before symptoms appear.
Developed by Dr. Bradley Jabour and his team at Medical Imaging Center of Southern California (MICSC), the ZeroRad™ Scan is a non-invasive screening tool that provides a series of images allowing us to take a 3D tour inside your brain, heart and body with no exposure to radiation.
As part of the ZeroRad™ Scan, Dr. Jabour will customize a preventive imaging program for you based on a comprehensive health assessment of your age, gender, family and medical history, and lifestyle risk factors.
The ZeroRad™ Scan screens your entire body from your head to your thighs and detects abnormalities such as cancer, tumors, spinal disc diseases and gallstones. In addition to MRIs of the brain, neck, chest, abdomen and pelvis, the ZeroRad™ Scan includes an MRI of Breast for women and a multi-parametric MRI of the Prostate for men.
Dr. Jabour has also pioneered the use of functional MRI of the brain (fmri) which allows us to ‘See the Thinking Brain’. Functional MRI shows the brain’s electronic footprint and the different patterns associated with normal versus abnormal findings that are seen in patients with depression, Alzheimer’s, OCD, traumatic brain injury and sports injuries such as football concussions.
The Scan takes approximately two hours and once you’ve had your scans, you immediately meet with Dr. Jabour to discuss all findings and review your images. We also provide a comprehensive folder containing all reports and key images, which can be used to make positive lifestyle decisions that will impact your long-term health.
With the ZeroRad™ Scan, early detection means early intervention, and this will provide you with peace of mind in your quest to live a long and healthy life.
Contact us today for more information on The ZeroRad™ Scan and how one image could save your life.
Email: information@micsc.com
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Pure “O”

OCD and Compulsions: Are they related?

 For many years, people studying Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) pondered the question of whether an individual can suffer from Obsessions alone, without experiencing any Compulsions.  This would be referred to as “Pure O.”  Though this is possible, it is a rarity.  Compulsions include ritualistic and repetitive behavior such as hand washing, checking door knobs, light switches, and other visible actions. An OCD disorder generally causes extreme anxiety.  Clinical experience indicates that the condition of Pure O is highly unlikely.  Although the patient may show no outward visible compulsive behavior, hidden compulsions may be overlooked.  Compulsive behaviors may be mental as well as physical.  Some cases experience compulsive thoughts such as death in family, friends, or consequences that may result from prohibiting themselves to act upon their obsessions. The fact is that regardless of how OCD is determined, it needs to be treated.  The goal of treatment is to reduce symptoms as well as obsession and compulsions so that the individual who is suffering from this condition can lead a manageable life.  Treatment for OCD comes in various forms of therapy, medications, or a combination of both. Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) is a therapeutic process designed to desensitize the patient from the triggers that cause chronic anxiety.  This is the real problem and often manifests itself in easily- recognized compulsions. TMS Therapy is also a great option.  It is non- invasive, has no side effects, and is non- medicinal.  At Smart Brain and Health, we are not only able to treat OCD, but also other neurological disorders that often are paired with OCD, such as Depression and Anxiety.  With our patented technology of utilizing the Neuronavigation technique, collectively with our treatment protocol, allows us to be very specific with the way in which we administer TMS. Statistics show that one in 40 adults in the US suffer from OCD.  The best thing to do would be to visit a behavioral specialist for a diagnosis.  With advancements in medicine and technology, there are now numerous, effective treatment options for OCD.  The most important thing is to research the condition and weigh out the alternatives. For more info on TMS Therapy, visit www.SmartBrainandHealth.com
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Depression Treatment: Can you eat your way to happiness?

The general consensus in the medical industry is that depression is caused by an imbalance of a neurotransmitter in the brain called serotonin. This would make it seem like you would be rid of depression if there were to be an influx of serotonin, but there is no scientific evidence that drug therapy really works. There have been numerous studies performed where scientists lowered serotonin levels to induce depression. The experiment failed while other studies found that dramatically increasing serotonin levels in the brain failed to relieve the patient all together. If this is the case, why do physicians continue to prescribe medications with that have extensive side effects causing mood swings, suicidal thoughts, eating disorders, to name a few. A good diet has always been a pertinent aspect of a human’s life. To stay in shape and have a healthy mind, eating right should always be considered. As the saying goes, “You are what you eat!” There are some foods that can actually beat depression, or atleast alleviate the symptoms. Many symptoms correlated with depression can be directly linked to vitamin and mineral deficiencies in the standard American diet. Poor nutrition often causes fatigue and mood swings. To recover or avoid a depressive episode, change your diet and boost your consumption of the following five foods! Fish oils: Contain omega-3 fatty acids. Research has shown that depressed people often lack a fatty acid known as EPA. Omega-3 fatty acids can also lower cholesterol and improve cardiovascular health. Get omega-3s through walnuts, flaxseed and oily fish like salmon or tuna. Brown Rice: A great source of vitamins B1, B3, and folic acid. It is also a low-glycemic food, which means it releases glucose into the bloodstream gradually. Brown rice also provides many of the trace minerals we need to function properly. It is a high-fiber food that maintains a healthy digestive system and lowers cholesterol. Brewer’s Yeast: Mix a thimbleful into any smoothie for your daily dose. Brewer’s Yeast has a wide assortment of vitamins and minerals in a small package, including 16 amino acids and 14 minerals. Whole-grain oats: Contain folic acid, pantothenic acid and vitamins B6 and B1. Oats help lower cholesterol. Other whole grains such as kamut, spelt and quinoa are also excellent choices for delivering brain-boosting nutrients and avoiding the pitfalls of refined grains such as white flour. Cabbage: Contains vitamin C and folic acid. Cabbage protects against stress, infection and heart disease, as well as many types of cancers, according to the American Association for Cancer Research. Cabbage is also a good source of blood-sugar-stabilizing fiber, and the raw juice of cabbage is a known cure for stomach ulcers. For more information on breakthrough depression treatments contact Smart Brain and Health
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The Signs of Bipolar Disorder

There are a lot of signs interrelated with Bipolar Disorder.  Often, it is difficult to tell if one is Bipolar because the symptoms may seem isolated.  Two of the main things that a Bipolar individual experiences are episodes of Mania and Depression.  This is why the disorder is often referred to as Manic Depression.  Manic episodes include high bursts of energy.  In these instances, the person may feel exuberant and high strung.  This is referred to as hypomania.  It can almost be an enjoyable state to be in as they feel so elated and happy.  Another aspect of a manic episode is inflated self- esteem.  This may not sound that bad but can ultimately lead the person to do things they will later regret.  Planning grand and unrealistic projects can be a result of this.  While someone who does not suffer from this disorder may plan ahead and iron out details before proposing a project, a person who is bipolar jumps into it with both feet, later becoming regretful and inevitably not fulfilling all tasks involved in successfully finishing a project. In a depressive state, people experience lack of sleep and poor eating habits.  Both of these components can cause the person to become depressed and disoriented.  Fatigue can also prevent an individual from working or focusing at their place of employment.  The following are tell tale signs of both Depression and Mania. Some Depression Symptoms are:
  • feeling sad and hopeless
  • lacking energy
  • difficulty concentrating and remembering things
  • loss of interest in everyday activities
  • feelings of emptiness or worthlessness
  • feelings of guilt and despair
  • feeling pessimistic about everything
  • self-doubt
  • being delusional, having hallucinations and disturbed or illogical thinking
  • lack of appetite
  • difficulty sleeping
  • waking up early
  • suicidal thoughts
The symptoms of Mania are:
  • feeling very happy, elated or overjoyed
  • talking very quickly
  • feeling full of energy
  • feeling self-important
  • feeling full of great new ideas and having important plans
  • being easily distracted
  • being easily irritated or agitated
  • being delusional, having hallucinations and disturbed or illogical thinking
  • not feeling like sleeping
  • not eating
  • doing things that often have disastrous consequences, such as spending large sums of money on expensive and sometimes unaffordable items
  • making decisions or saying things that are out of character and that others see as being risky or harmful
If you or someone you love is not satisfied with their current bipolar treatment; contact Smart Brain and Health for a new FDA approved procedure.  
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