BrainsWay Deep TMS
Achieve TMS offers BrainsWay deep transcranial magnetic stimulation (dTMS) therapy at all of our treatment locations. This form of TMS therapy is FDA-cleared and noninvasive, providing a next-generation treatment for major depressive disorder (MDD), obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), and other mood disorders.
What Is BrainsWay?
BrainsWay deep TMS therapy stimulates and modulates targeted areas of the brain. The TMS treatment has been used in over 60 clinical trials around the world and involves deep magnetic stimulation of the brain’s prefrontal cortex.
With BrainsWay deep TMS, patients do not require anesthesia or hospitalization and can drive themselves to and from treatment sessions and participate in daily life without interruption. This therapy also does not cause systemic side effects.
How Is BrainsWay Performed?
During BrainsWay TMS therapy, a patient sits comfortably in a chair, and a helmet is attached to the head. The helmet contains a patented H-coil that creates a magnetic field which stimulates neural activity in the prefrontal cortex. The magnetic field also stimulates the release of neurotransmitters.
A BrainsWay therapy session lasts approximately 20 minutes, and sessions are usually completed five days a week for roughly six weeks as part of a personalized therapy program. After a TMS therapy session is finished, a patient can return home and resume everyday activities. Depending on the severity of a patient’s condition, additional maintenance sessions may be required after the initial treatment program is completed.
Is BrainsWay Effective?
In research performed in clinical practice settings, 20 BrainsWay deep TMS sessions resulted in remission rates higher than those observed in randomized controlled clinical trials. Among patients who underwent 30 BrainsWay TMS sessions in clinical practice settings, 75% reported a significant response after treatment, and 50% achieved full remission of depression symptoms following therapy.
In addition, in a randomized controlled multicenter trial of BrainsWay for MDD, one-third of patients achieved remission following 20 treatment sessions.
Are There Any Side Effects Associated with BrainsWay deep TMS?
Patients may hear a tapping sound during a BrainsWay Deep TMS therapy session, and some patients feel light pressure or tapping sensation at the treatment site. These side effects usually disappear after the first few therapy sessions and do not cause any ongoing discomfort.
Is BrainsWay Right for You?
Patients coping with MDD, OCD, or other mood disorders should consult with a doctor before undergoing BrainsWay deep TMS therapy. Also, TMS therapy is not recommended for patients with magnetic metal plates or devices implanted in or around the head, and/or patients who have experienced a seizure or are at an increased risk of seizures.
Learn More About BrainsWay Deep TMS
The Achieve TMS team is happy to teach patients about BrainsWay Deep TMS and determine if they qualify for this form of TMS therapy. To learn more or to schedule a BrainsWay Deep TMS consultation, please contact us online, or call us today at 877-257-3193.
Within California, Oregon, and Alaska, Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation has been approved for use with treatment resistant depression by several insurance providers. Insurances that we’re in network with include Cigna, Anthem Blue Cross, Magellan, Tricare, Blue Shield of CA, Blue Shield Federal Employee, Optum, Aetna, MHN, Healthnet, Beacon, Prime Health Services, Provider Select, Medicare, Providence Preferred, Providence Health Plan, Regence Blue Cross Blue Shield, First Choice Health Network, First Health National Network, Pacificsource, Moda, OHA (fee for service only), First Health, and Premera Blue Cross. Please call us for a full list of providers. We would be happy to help check with your insurance regarding pre-approval.
*Unfortunately, Medi-cal currently does not cover TMS treatment in California. Please contact your Medi-cal provider to inquire further.