Deep Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (dTMS)
Jersey Shore University Medical Center is the first hospital in New Jersey to offer dTMS technology. dTMS technology has been tested in over 60 clinical studies, and has been cleared by the FDA for patients who have tried multiple ways to treat major depression and have had no improvement. This technology has been proven to be effective and provide new hope for those who have tried 1-4 antidepressants without success and for those who cannot tolerate the medication. It uses magnetic fields to stimulate nerve cells in the brain to improve symptoms of depression. During the twenty minute session, an electromagnetic coil helmet is placed on the head. A painless magnetic pulse stimulates nerve cells in the area of the brain that controls mood and depression.
Unlike drugs used to treat depression, dTMS treatment does not entail systemic side effects, such as nausea, insomnia, anxiety and weight gain the way that some medications may — forcing patients to discontinue the use of taking their prescribed medication. The most common side effects are headaches and local discomfort, which are both temporary and mild. This treatment only requires twenty minute sessions every day for four to six weeks. This outpatient depression treatment does not require hospitalization or anesthesia and does not lead to memory loss from patients who have mild to severe depression.