TMS Frequently Asked Questions
Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) is a safe, FDA approved treatment for depression.
A helmet, which is outfitted with a metal coil, is sized specifically for your head. This helmet is worn to direct the magnetic stimulation to a specific site. The procedure is performed in the office and no sedation is required. You are awake and alert during the treatment sessions and are able to drive and resume normal activities immediately afterward. The initial visit can last up to an hour while precise measurements are taken for the helmet and your motor threshold is determined. Subsequent visits last 20-30 minutes.
The initial visit can last up to an hour while precise measurements are taken for the helmet and your motor threshold is determined. Subsequent visits last 20-30 minutes.
The number of treatments varies. Usually 20-36 are required to see a major change. If all of the treatments are not needed to reach the desired results, they can be used at a later date for maintenance.
Most major insurance companies cover TMS treatment, including:
- Blue Cross Blue Shield MA
- Boston Medical Center HealthNet
- Commonwealth Care Alliance
- Fallon Health Care
- Harvard Pilgrim
- Neighborhood Health Plan (NHP)
- Network Health
- Tufts Health Care
- United Health Care
- Competitive Self-Pay rates
If you do not see your insurance company listed here, please call us as this.
You do not need to be a patient at Square Medical in order to receive TMS treatment.
No, patients can remain on medication. It is not advised that medications are changed during the course of the treatment (36 sessions). It is also advised that patients do not use other drugs or drink alcohol.
Brainsway reports “during the full course of 16 weeks of ongoing treatment, the treatment was safely tolerated. Furthermore, no negative effects of treatment were seen during a 3-month follow up period.”For more information please go to Brainsway.com
Please contact us by phone or email. You will be scheduled for an initial evaluation with a TMS psychiatrist who will determine if you are a candidate for treatment. The doctor will review your medical history, discuss the therapy process and answer any questions you may have.