What To Expect with Express TMS
An initial consult with a clinician is required to ensure you are an appropriate candidate for the Express TMS® treatment. The first session is the Mapping Session, always performed by a physician in our center. This is where we will take measurements, mark the target treatment spot(s), and determine the appropriate stimulation intensity for you – your Motor threshold. Your customized setting is then programmed into the MagVenture TMS management system.
Depending upon your insurance coverage, the Mapping Session may be immediately followed by your first treatment.
During the treatment, magnets will generate a magnetic field and send pulses to the brain’s target site. You will hear clicking noises, similar to the sound of a MRI machine, and feel light taps on the scalp where the coil is stimulating the brain. You are fully awake for the treatment. Depending on the protocol, treatment sessions can vary, starting at 3 minutes. Most individuals cannot tolerate the goal stimulation strength on the first day, as it feels similar to mild scalp discomfort. This is why we usually start 5–10 points lower than the goal before gradually working up to your ideal.
Call 480-448-2916 to schedule a detailed evaluation.