There are several different types of TMS Therapy devices that have been cleared by the FDA to treat Major Depression and other conditions. These systems differ in features that make them more user-friendly, the type of waveform used, and the treatment time. Some types of TMS can be completed in as little as 3 minutes, while others may take up to 37 minutes.
TMS works by sending magnetic pulses to the prefrontal cortex, which is the part of the brain responsible for executive functioning. These pulses stimulate the neurons in this area of the brain and can help to improve cognitive function. The number of pulses and the frequency with which they are delivered can be customized according to each individual’s needs. Targeted magnetic stimulation is a safe and effective treatment for many neurological conditions. It is non-invasive and does not require any recovery time. A TMS device can cost around 50K.
Here is a TMS device comparison of different FDA-approved TMS devices.
NeuroStar TMS is a brain-stimulating device that is FDA approved for patients with Major Depressive Disorder who have not responded well to antidepressant medication. The device uses a figure-of-8 coil and has three different treatment protocols: standard, 37.5 minutes per session; DASH, 19 minutes per session; and TouchStar, an iTBS protocol. NeuroStar does not use a navigation system for coil placement but has a special Contact Sensing strip that alerts the practitioner if contact between coil and head is not good. Neuronetics has a “pay-per-click” business model, meaning that the TMS clinic has to pay a fee for every session.
Brainsway is a company that creates devices to do deep Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (Brainsway Deep TMS). Their devices use a special coil that is designed to deliver stimulation deeper into the brain. They have FDA clearance for the treatment of treatment-resistant depression, OCD, and smoking cessation.
MagVenture is a Danish company specializing in the development of Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation TMS treatment systems. TMS is a non-invasive brain-stimulating technique that uses magnetic fields to stimulate nerve cells in the brain. MagVenture’s TMS Therapy was used in one of the largest clinical trials to date comparing the standard 37-minute TMS protocol to a newer, 3-minute Theta Burst protocol. The study concluded that the Theta Burst protocol is just as safe and effective for the treatment of major depressive disorder as standard TMS. In 2018, MagVenture received FDA clearance for the 3-minute Express TMS protocol. MagVenture is also FDA-cleared for the standard 37-minute and 19-minute TMS protocols. The MagVenture Cool D-B80 coil is FDA-cleared for the adjunctive treatment of OCD.
The CloudTMS system, made by Russia-based NeuroSoft, is a transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) system that has received FDA clearance for the treatment of Major Depressive Disorder in 37.5 and 19-minute treatments. The system is not neuro-navigated but can be used with the Soterix Medical system. The CloudTMS system is marketed as ClouldTMS in the US.
Mag & More Apollo TMS
The Apollo TMS therapy system is developed and manufactured by MAG & More in Germany. It is based on the HANS positioning system and touch-based Patient Management System and has received FDA clearance for 37.5- and 19-minute treatments of Major Depressive Disorder.
Nexstim is a Finnish company that produces the “SmartFocus” brain mapping system. This system was originally designed to help neurosurgeons plan brain surgery, but a version of it is now also cleared by the FDA for use in treating depression. NexStim TMS machines can perform rTMS, iTBS, and neuronavigation TMS, which is marketed as NBT Navigated Brain Therapy.
The medical engineers at MagStim are some of the leading innovators in the TMS industry. Based in the UK, Magstim is FDA cleared for depression treatment using their StimGuide system. In addition, Magstim has FDA clearance for the iTBS 3-minute protocol. The Magstim Horizon rTMS system is also FDA cleared for the 3-minute, 19-minute, and 37.5-minute protocols and is indicated for the treatment of Major Depressive Disorder. Magstim’s cutting-edge technology and treatments are changing the landscape of mental health care.
Soterix Medical is a company that produces a device that combines transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) with neuronavigation, making it possible to target a specific area of the brain without having to use line-of-sight methods. This system is capable of 37.5- and 19-minute treatments and can be used with or without neuronavigation.
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