Nexstim SmartFocus® TMS

 Achieve TMS offers Nexstim SmartFocus® transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) therapy exclusively at our La Jolla, California location. SmartFocus® TMS may be used to help adult patients manage symptoms of major depressive disorder (MDD).


What Is Nexstim SmartFocus® TMS?

SmartFocus® TMS provides noninvasive stimulation of the brain from outside the head using small electromagnetic fields. The technology delivers accurate and personalized TMS targeting to a specific area of each patient’s brain involved in mood and emotion.


How Does SmartFocus® TMS Work?

SmartFocus® is integrated into the Nexstim Navigated Brain Therapy® (NBT®) System and personalizes the stimulation level of TMS therapy.

During SmartFocus® therapy, a 3D view of a patient’s brain is captured via a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan. The therapy is personalized to the patient based on their brain state, and stimulation is targeted in each patient’s brain. Following a 3-37 minute SmartFocus® therapy session, the patient can leave our treatment center and resume normal daily activities.

SmartFocus® is designed to deliver TMS therapy on target, every time. Patient data is also collected and evaluated throughout a SmartFocus® therapy program to maximize the effectiveness of treatment.


Are There Side Effects Associated with SmartFocus® TMS?

SmartFocus® side effects may include slight headaches, muscle twitching, and skin irritation..

In addition, patients report a loud “click” sound generated during TMS therapy. The click sound may result in temporary changes in hearing for a few minutes immediately after treatment. The hearing change may be prevented, however, if a patient wears soft foam earplugs during TMS therapy.

In rare instances, TMS therapy may induce seizures. In traditional clinical use of TMS, the risk of seizure is approximately 0.1%.


Is SmartFocus® TMS Right for You?

SmartFocus® TMS therapy may benefit adult patients coping with MDD who fail to achieve satisfactory improvement in symptoms after the use of antidepressant medication.  TMS treatment is an FDA-approved and drug-free form of depression therapy. Each SmartFocus® program is tailored to a patient, and every TMS dose is carefully measured to ensure optimal safety and comfort as well.

To find out if a patient qualifies for SmartFocus®, consult with a doctor to review TMS and other depression therapy options. Patients may be deemed ineligible for SmartFocus® if they have non-removable conductive, ferromagnetic, or other magnetic-sensitive metal in the head. Also, patients who have an active or inactive implanted device may face an increased risk of intracranial pressure. Patients with an intracardiac line, intravenous pump, or dose calculator may also be ineligible for SmartFocus®.


Learn More About SmartFocus® TMS


Achieve TMS is proud to offer SmartFocus® TMS at our La Jolla location. We are available to teach patients about this personalized depression therapy option and help them determine if they qualify for treatment. To learn more about SmartFocus® or to schedule a consultation at our La Jolla location, please contact us online, or call or text us today at 877-257-3193.



Insurance Coverage for TMS Depression Treatment

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.


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