Northside Group
Part of Ramsay Health Care

Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS)

What is rTMS?

Repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (rTMS or TMS) is a non-invasive medical procedure, approved by the College of Psychiatrists, for the treatment of a number of psychiatric conditions. rTMS is a brain stimulation technique that relies on the generation of brief magnetic fields using a coil that is placed over your scalp. These magnetic pulses generate an electrical current that briefly activates neurons at the site of stimulation. rTMS has been shown to be a safe and well-tolerated procedure that can be an effective treatment for adults with depression and other psychiatric conditions.

The duration of effects of rTMS treatment can vary from patient to patient. Some patients may have a lasting clinical improvement, others may experience short-term improvement and some patients may not experience any benefit. Patients who have short term improvement may benefit from repeat courses of treatment and/or maintenance treatment, i.e. ongoing treatments, spaced out, to maintain improvement.