Richmond, Va. (Jan. 8, 2016) – HCA Virginia’s John Randolph Medical Center is now offering Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) Therapy that uses magnetic fields to treat depression.
This treatment is recommended for patients with depression who do not respond to standard anti-depressant medications.
John Randolph Medical Center uses NeuroStar TMS Therapy, a TMS device cleared by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in 2008 as a treatment for depression. Patients who undergo therapy sessions recline in what resembles a dentist chair as a large electromagnetic coil is placed against their head. Highly focused magnetic pulses, similar in strength to those produced by a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), induce small electric currents in the prefrontal cortex, believed to be involved in mood regulation.
Patients receive about 30 sessions over the course of six weeks. Each treatment lasts approximately 40 minutes. Currently, TMS Therapy is affordable for patients with Medicare or other commercial insurance.
For more information, please call 804.452.3836.