Patienteninformation

What is transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS)?

TMS is a technique that allows stimulation through the intact skull bone and which stimulates selected brain regions. The stimulation is realized by short magnetic pulses that induce a flow of current in brain areas close to the surface. Thus brain activity may be triggered or modulated without surgery or externally applied electrodes. TMS is a non-invasive method which is almost completely pain-free.

Depending on the stimulation protocol, neuronal functionalities can be inhibited or facilitated for a defined period of time. In addition, repetitive TMS, also known as rTMS, may produce longer-lasting changes in electro-cortical functionalities. Using functional imaging, such as fMRI and PET, overactive (e.g. tinnitus) or inhibited (e.g. depression) areas of the brain can be observed and then modulated with TMS.

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Treatment Schedule of Apollo TMS Therapy System™

Can be performed before going to work or during the lunch break.

19 minutes treatment duration

4-6 weeks in a row
5 days per week

Patient is awake and alert during treatment

Normal activities possible after treatment