Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS)

TMS uses magnetic pulses to help restore normal brain activity to areas of the brain associated with psychiatric conditions. UC San Diego Health was the first provider in San Diego to offer TMS for patients with treatment-resistant depression. Our physicians continue to be at the forefront of innovation in non-invasive brain stimulation to treat major depression, as well as other psychiatric and neuropsychiatric disorders.

TMS PET Brain Scan

Our TMS services include:

  • Neurostar TMS to stimulate the brain up to a depth of approximately 1.5 cm
  • Brainsway Deep TMS for deeper brain stimulation, up to 8 cm 

Both therapies are FDA-approved, painless and safe with no long-term side effects. Treatment is performed on an outpatient basis and requires no anesthesia or sedation. A typical treatment session lasts 20-40 minutes, with sessions repeated over a course of 4-6 weeks.

Individuals interested in TMS will meet with one of our physicians to carefully review their medical history, current symptoms and past treatments. The physician can then discuss standard and innovative treatment options appropriate to each person's situation and needs. TMS therapy may be combined with changes in prescribed medications as well as other therapies.

Individuals with metal implants in the head should not receive TMS. 

Appointments & Referrals

Location

La Jolla

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