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TMS Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS)
In October 2008, TMS was approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for treatment of patients suffering from depression who have not achieved satisfactory improvement from prior antidepressant medications. This approval was earned following over a decade of clinical trials studying depression and other psychiatric disorders.
How Does TMS Work?
TMS is non-invasive, does not involve insertion of intravenous lines or surgery and does not require any anesthesia or sedation. A small electromagnetic coil, controlled by a computer program, is used to deliver short, powerful bursts of magnetic energy focused precisely on the left side of the brain’s frontal cortex.
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Effectiveness of TMS for Depression
In clinical trials, patients treated with the type of TMS device used at Butler Hospital, experienced great improvement with depression symptoms. The FDA determined that this device provides safe and well-tolerated treatment.
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TMS is Safe and Well Tolerated
Over 10,000 active TMS treatments were safely performed during clinical trials with the type of TMS device used at Butler Hospital. The most commonly reported side effect related to TMS was scalp pain or discomfort during the treatment session. This side effect was generally mild to moderate, and occurred less frequently after the first week of treatment. Less than 5% of patients treated with TMS Therapy discontinued treatment due to side effects.
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Frequently Asked Questions
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TMS A New Way to Treat Depression at Butler
This article appeared in the Providence Journal on March 11, 2009 and was written by Felice J. Freyer, Journal Medical Writer
Patient Story: Cheryl
First feeling the effects of depression in her late teens and getting little relief with anti-depressants, Cheryl finally found the treatment that worked for her.
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  Contact Information
The TMS program is located at Butler Hospital, on the Second Floor of the Center House Building.
Phone: (401) 455-6632
E-mail: lcarpenter@butler.org

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  TMS in the News

TMS Receives Medicare Coverage Approval
Press Release

Providence Journal
» TMS-A New Way to Treat Depression

Butler is one of the first hospitals in the country to offer TMS.
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Depression is a medical condition which reflects abnormalities in brain chemistry and requires medical treatment.

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  Info on Safety Efficacy for Doctors
Independent research studies have indicated that TMS can help reduce symptoms of depression with little or no side effects.

» Studies of Resistant Major Depression
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