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TMS Center of Alaska, LLC


Office Hours:
Monday - Thursday 8a-5p

Phone: 907-357-9920

Address:
1981 E. Palmer-Wasilla Highway, Suite 230
Wasilla, AK 99654

 

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What is Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation?

Since the 1980s, transcranial magnetic stimulation has been used to study the nerve fibers that carry information about movements from the brain to the spinal cord and on to the muscles. In the late 1990s, physicians began to explore the therapeutic potential of transcranial magnetic stimulation for the treatment of a variety of diseases, with depression being the most thoroughly studied to date. Since then, more than 20 randomized, controlled trials studying transcranial magnetic stimulation as a treatment for depression have been published by investigators throughout the world.

Using pulsed magnetic fields, transcranial magnetic stimulation therapy stimulates the part of the brain thought to be involved with mood regulation. TMS Therapy is a short outpatient procedure, performed in your psychiatrist’s office under his or her supervision while you remain awake and alert.

About NeuroStar TMS Therapy

NeuroStar TMS (transcranial magnetic stimulation) Therapy was FDA-cleared in October 2008 for patients suffering from depression who have not achieved satisfactory improvement from prior antidepressant medications. NeuroStar TMS Therapy is:

  • Non-invasive, meaning that it does not involve surgery. It does not require any anesthesia or sedation, as the patient remains awake and alert during the treatment.
  • Non-systemic, meaning that it is not taken by mouth and does not circulate in the bloodstream throughout the body.
  • The typical initial course of treatment is about 37 minutes daily over 4-6 weeks.

About Brainsway Deep rTMS Therapy

Brainsway’s patented breakthrough technology launches a new era in brain disorder treatment. It is non-invasive, yet highly effective. Brainsway’s technology releases millions of patients from a bleak cycle of insufficiently effective treatments and unpleasant side effects. Brainsway’s high efficacy for the treatment of Major Depressive Disorder was validated by the FDA, which has granted a wide indication for the treatment of Major Depressive Disorder patients.

Brainsway’s Deep rTMS sessions are easy on the patient, as they typically require short daily sessions of 20 minutes over 4-6 weeks. With Brainsway Deep rTMS short yet effective sessions, the patient experiences less discomfort and less interference with his/her daily schedule.

During the Deep rTMS session, the patient is comfortably seated in a chair, and a cushioned helmet is gently placed over his/her head. The helmet generates brief magnetic fields, similar to those used in magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) systems. After each brief session, patients can drive themselves home independently and resume their normal daily routine.


TMS Center of Alaska


1981 E. Palmer-Wasilla Highway, Suite 230 | Wasilla, AK 99654 | Phone: 907-357-9920 • Fax: 907-357-9921

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