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About NeuroStar® TMS Therapy

NeuroStar employs transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) to specifically target key areas of the brain that exhibit reduced activity in individuals experiencing depression. It is important to note that NeuroStar is distinct from electroconvulsive therapy (ECT).

Although the precise cause of depression remains unknown, the prevailing scientific theory suggests that an imbalance of neurotransmitters, the brain's chemical messengers responsible for transmitting signals between brain cells, may contribute to its development.

So, what exactly is NeuroStar Advanced Therapy (TMS)?

In a NeuroStar treatment session, a magnet of similar strength to that used in magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) machines is utilized to stimulate nerve cells in the brain region believed to regulate mood. These magnetic pulses have the potential to positively influence neurotransmitter levels, potentially leading to long-term remission.

The process of undergoing NeuroStar Advanced Therapy is simple:

  • Therapy sessions take place in the office of your NeuroStar doctor.

  • You can resume normal activities immediately following treatment.

  • You remain conscious throughout the procedure.

  • There are no adverse effects on memory or sleep.

  • The therapy is covered by most health insurance plans, including Medicare and Tricare.


With over three million treatments administered, this innovative approach to achieving remission is instilling fresh hope in individuals on a daily basis.

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How NeuroStar® TMS Therapy Works

Here's what you can anticipate during a session of NeuroStar Advanced Therapy (TMS):


Before the Treatment

You will recline comfortably in a treatment chair while a small, curved magnetic coil is gently positioned on your head.


During the Treatment

NeuroStar administers focused magnetic stimulation directly to the specific areas of the brain targeted for treatment. You will hear a clicking sound and experience a tapping sensation on your head.


After the Treatment

NeuroStar Advanced Therapy: The duration of each treatment typically ranges from 19 to 37 minutes, depending on your doctor's recommendation.


You can immediately resume your normal activities right away. Since there are no effects on alertness or memory, you can independently drive to and from your treatment sessions.


In-office treatment with NeuroStar TMS Therapy typically lasts for 19-37 minutes and is administered five days a week for approximately four to six weeks.*

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TMS Clinical Trials & Academic Studies

Carpenter LL, et al. (2012). Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) for Major Depression: A Multisite, Naturalistic, Observational Study of Acute Treatment Outcomes in Clinical Practice. Depression and Anxiety, 29(7):587-596.


George MS, et al. (2010). Daily Left Prefrontal Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation Therapy for Major Depressive Disorder: A Sham-Controlled Randomized Trial. Arch Gen Psychiatry, 67(5):507-516.


Dunner DL, et al. (2014). A Multisite, Naturalistic, Observational Study of Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) for Patients with Pharmacoresistant Major Depressive Disorder: Durability of Benefit Over a 1-Year Follow-Up Period. J Clin Psychiatry. 75(12):1394-1401.


O’Reardon JP, et al. (2007). Efficacy and Safety of Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation in the Acute Treatment of Major Depression: A Multisite Randomized Controlled Trial. Biol Psychiatry, 62(11):1208-1216.

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