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Deep TMS vs. TMS in Houston, TX

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What Is the Difference Between TMS and Deep TMS?

There are several differences between traditional Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) and Deep TMS with the most notable being the coil type. Traditional TMS uses a figure-eight-shaped coil that only targets a small area of the brain whereas BrainsWay's patented H-Coil for Deep TMS is designed to reach wider and deeper regions of the brain during the treatment process. Unlike the coil used in traditional TMS, which can shift easily by any movement, the H-Coil is fastened to the patient's head, allowing for greater comfort and mobility. Additionally, because the H-Coil is able to reach a bigger target area, Deep TMS can naturally treat a broader range of psychiatric disorders compared to traditional TMS, which has only been FDA-approved to treat depression. To find out more, call TMS Therapy Center in Houston, TX where psychologist Dr. Tioana Maxwell performs Deep TMS.

What Are the Advantages of Deep TMS Over TMS?

As the most up-to-date TMS device currently available, BrainsWay Deep TMS boasts a number of advantages over traditional TMS technology. There is extensive research that doesn't exist for TMS that has been conducted on the usefulness of Deep TMS, including more than 60 randomized controlled trials (RCTs) of at least 3,000 patients. Deep TMS has been clinically proven to be more effective than traditional TMS at treating major depressive disorder (MDD) with or without the use of medication as well.

Other advantages Deep TMS has over TMS include:

  • Treats a wider range of mental health conditions
  • Fewer targeting errors
  • Shorter treatment sessions
  • A more comfortable experience

How Does the Treatment Process for Deep TMS vs. TMS Compare?

Deep TMS and TMS are both noninvasive types of therapy that use magnetic fields to target brain structures, helping regulate their neural activity. As a result, the severity and occurrence of symptoms from a psychiatric condition lessen over time. Both types of therapies have been approved by the FDA to treat major depressive disorder; however, according to a study in the Journal of Psychiatric Research, 67% of patients using Deep TMS with psychiatric medication experienced an improvement in their depression symptoms versus just 44% of patients who used TMS with medicine. Deep TMS also reaches a depth of 1.25 inches whereas traditional TMS only goes as far as 0.27 inches deep. While sessions for both Deep TMS and TMS run about 4 – 6 weeks, the sessions for Deep TMS are quicker. TMS takes about 30 – 40 minutes per session while Deep TMS only lasts about 20 minutes per session.

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Are there notable differences in side effects between Deep TMS and TMS?

Both therapies have similar, generally mild, and temporary side effects, such as scalp discomfort or headache. These effects tend to diminish over time.

Is one more effective than the other?

The choice between Deep TMS and TMS depends on the specific condition being treated and individual patient factors. Deep TMS may offer an advantage for conditions that require deeper brain stimulation.

Can Deep TMS and TMS be used together with other treatments?

Yes, both Deep TMS and TMS can be used as part of a comprehensive treatment plan, often in combination with therapy and/or medication.

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