TMS is highly desirable over ECT (Electroconvulsive Therapy or “Shock Therapy”) as ECT treatment requires general anesthesia, is usually accompanied by long-term side effects such as memory loss, and costs significantly more. However, conventional TMS falls short in matching the remission rates demonstrated with ECT treatment.
Intermittent Theta-Burst stimulation, a short 3-minute high frequency excitatory protocol approved by the FDA is a patterned form of TMS administered as pulse triplets typically at a frequency of 50 Hz (50 pulses per second). It has consistently produced longer lasting results than conventional TMS with fewer side effects.
The CIM doctors may adjust the frequency based on the patient’s individual needs. In some cases 20 Hz protocols improve clinical effectiveness. On average, only one out of three of patients will completely recover from their depression after treatment with conventional or deep TMS, whereas more than two out of three patients have been reported to completely recover after treatment with Theta-Burst TMS. The efficacy and proven superior safety of Theta Burst TMS treatment make it the optimal treatment choice for patients who cannot take medication or who have failed other types of treatments for depression.
CIM doctors utilize a full physiology system analysis for each patient that goes far beyond diagnosis and reported symptoms. We evaluate your full electrochemical brain functions, your hormone functions and your enteric nervous system functions (your gut) because these collective systems are very important to your total brain and body health and if not optimized can produce severe depression and other related cognitive symptoms.
As a result, when we determine to use the very effective TMS treatment it is done within a context of full system analysis. While most all others offering TMS use a “one size fits all” approach, we insist on an individualized brain area targeting approach using objective data to guide us each step of the way.
We use a highly advanced approach pioneered by Dr. Hagedorn to quantify the specific locations in the brain that are linked to your symptoms. With this same technology we can better deliver individualized conventional or theta-burst TMS treatment and also record the changes within the brain after just one treatment session.