Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) - An Introduction

Presented by Richard Pitch, MD

Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) is a non-invasive, non-systemic device which delivers strong, pulsed magnetic fields to induce an electric current in the cerebral cortex. It has been used to study brain functions in normal and pathological conditions. When used and an antidepressant, TMS produces clinical benefit without the systems adverse effects associated with medications. It has no adverse cognitive effects. It was cleared by the FDA for clinical use in the treatment of Major Depression, and more recently for other conditions (migraines, OCD, and smoking cessation). This presentation will introduce the history of TMS, how it works, indications and contraindications for clinical use, patient selection, and the potential risks and benefits of TMS treatment.

This workshop was recorded on January 6, 2023.