Frequently Asked Questions

How does Smart Brain and Health TMS Therapy differ from other TMS treatment centers worldwide?

  • Our certified staff combines the use of the functional MRI (fMRI), PET/CT, and Neuronavigation, performed all in one center, to accurately target the location of the brain for Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) Therapy for ultimate success and durability.

What is a functional MRI (fMRI)?

  • fMRI is one of the most advanced techniques that show brain activity in real time. Smart Brain and Health fMRI technology utilizes patented imaging techniques and procedures which achieve positive TMS results for treating depression and other brain disorders – We “See the Thinking Brain™”

What is Neuronavigation?

  • Neuronavigation is a computer-based tool that is used in conjunction with fMRI images that enables our physicians to precisely target the location of the brain for TMS Therapy. With Neuronavigation precision, Smart Brain and Health has demonstrated a higher percentage of positive patient responses to TMS Therapy – GPS for the Brain™

Is TMS Therapy right for me?

  • The FDA has approved TMS Therapy for the treatment of a Major Depressive Disorder in adult patients who have failed to achieve satisfactory improvement from one prior anti-depressant medication; however, Smart Brain and Health continues to research other therapies with success. TMS therapy should not be used by patients with non-removable metallic devices in or around the head, such as pacemakers. Contact us to determine if TMS Therapy is right for you.

How long is a TMS treatment?

  • One TMS Therapy session lasts approximately 40 minutes. The standard course of treatment consists of five sessions per week over a four to six week period. Smart Brain and Health collaborates with your psychiatrist on a regular basis to ensure your treatments are personalized to your brain disorder, making adjustments if necessary.

Are there side effects to TMS Therapy?

  • During TMS Therapy, you may experience headaches as well as some scalp discomfort, which often improves after further treatments and can be remedied with an over-the-counter analgesic. At Smart Brain and Health, we will assure that you are as comfortable as possible.

Is TMS Therapy a good alternative to Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT)?

  • TMS Therapy could be a good alternative for those who have undergone ECT.

TMS:

  • No sedation
  • No muscle relaxer needed
  • Magnetic stimulation
  • Return to daily activities almost immediately
  • No confusion
  • No memory loss
  • Mild headache

ECT:

  • Requires sedation
  • Paralyzes muscles
  • Electrical stimulation
  • Recovery may take a few hours
  • Short-term confusion
  • Memory loss
  • Muscle aches

Which other conditions does Smart Brain and Health treat with TMS Therapy? Emerging applications include: