Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS)

Repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (RTMS) is a relatively new technology that allows for targeted noninvasive stimulation of the brain. RTMS is currently FDA-cleared for the treatment of refractory depression. It is also used experimentally to treat seizures, spasticity, dystonia and other neuropsychiatric conditions.  A specific paradigm of RTMS called Theta Burst Stimulation (TBS) is used in many studies. When compared to conventional RTMS, TBS requires lower stimulation intensity and shorter stimulation duration, which makes it very comfortable for participants.  (CCHMC rTMS lab: Donald Gilbert, MD and Steve Wu, MD)