Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS)
Who is the program for?
Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) is a non-invasive form of brain stimulation that can be used to treat depression and other psychiatric disorders.
Suitable patients will typically have continued symptoms of depression despite having tried two or more antidepressant medications. In treating depression, TMS may be used when patients have not responded to antidepressant medications, have unacceptable side effects to medications or would prefer to try another treatment option.
There are a few factors that may make a patient not suitable for TMS and these include having a history of epilepsy or seizures, being pregnant, or being under 18 years of age.
How will it help me?
TMS uses magnetic fields generated from an electrical coil which is placed over the scalp to activate specific areas of the brain. Over repeated sessions the changes in brain activity are thought to correct abnormal brain functioning associated with depression.
TMS requires no anaesthesia or medication and generally you may go about normal activities immediately following the treatment.
When does it the program run?
For the initial course of TMS patients usually have 20 sessions of TMS over two to four weeks.
Treatment sessions occur in the TMS and last between 30 and 40 minutes. During this time you will be monitored by a nurse in the TMS suite. You will be sitting in a comfortable chair completely awake and alert.
How do I access the program?
If you are interested in having TMS, your Psychiatrist can discuss with you whether this is a suitable treatment option. From there, a referral can be made to the TMS Team at The Geelong Clinic so you can be formally assessed.
If you do not have a psychiatrist, a referral from your GP can be addressed to ‘Dear Doctor’ or to one of our accredited psychiatrists and faxed to Intake on 03 5240 0799.
- Please click HERE for our Specialist Directory and referral process.
How much does it cost?
Your psychiatrist can advise you of the best options to access Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS).
Prior to commencing repeated Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (rTMS) at The Geelong Clinic, all referrals undergo a review of funding options that may be available to them including private health funds, WorkCover Authority, DVA and TAC. Self-funding is also an option.
Patients and their families will be advised where possible of any out of pocket expenses.
Please call us on 03 5240 0741 to discuss any questions you may have in relation to cost.
Treatment at The Geelong Clinic is available under the supervision of Dr Ajeet Singh.
For further information please contact our Intake Team on 03 5240 0741.