NeuroStar uses transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) to target key areas of the brain that are underaconvulsive in people with depression. It is not ECT (electroconvulsive therapy). While the exact cause of depression is not known, the leading scientific theory is that it is caused by an imbalance of the brain’s neurotransmitters, which are chemical messengers that send signals between brain cells.
Brain Activity is Reduced in Depression
A PET scan measures vital functions such as blood flow, oxygen use, and blood sugar (glucose) metabolism.
Source: Mark George M.D. Biological Psychiatry Branch Division of Intramural Research Programs, NIMH 1993
What is NeuroStar Advanced Therapy (TMS)?
During a NeuroStar treatment session, a magnet similar in strength to that used in a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) machine is used to stimulate nerve cells in the area of the brain thought to control mood. These magnetic pulses may have a positive effect on the brain’s neurotransmitter levels, making long-term remission possible.