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TMS therapy makes its way to the Ohio Valley

Updated: Wednesday, June 4 2014, 07:57 AM EDT

St. Clairsville, ohio

The latest intervention in anti-depressant treatment has made its way into the Ohio Valley.

The treatment is known as Neurostar TMS Therapy and it has shown a ton of success with patients suffering from depression.

TMS Therapy, also known as Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation, is a non-invasive approach to treating depression for patients who don't respond very well to other anti-depressants.

“What it does….well this is a computerized electromagnetic system that transports post electromagnetic feel that is similar to what you would get from an MRI for example,” said Dr. Ali Melhem at Neurobehavioral Medicine Consultants in St. Clairsville.

Melhem said they place this part of the machine on the patients’ left side of the brain, the pre-frontal cortex.

They do this right after they take measurements to map the area of the brain they believe is responsible for causing their symptoms.

"It’s a targeted way to find a certain area of the brain that we believe is responsible for depressive symptoms,” said Dr. Melhem.

TMS Therapy is performed at the doctor's office while the patient remains alert and awake.

"It has had excellent results the patients we've used it on have had remarkable improvements, some even close to remission,” said Dr. Melhem.

The FDA cleared it for use in 2010 and right now Dr. Melhem said there are about 500 people using it across the world with about 12,000 patients.

Dr. Melhem said this is the first year they have had the machine, they just started using it about six months ago.

"The treatment is provided daily, five days a week for 4-6 weeks for a patient who needs it and typically they spend about 37 minutes and go about their normal functioning after treatment,” said Dr. Melhem.

This is very exciting news for treating depressive disorders. Dr. Melhem wants patients to know that this option exists, and can really benefit them in several ways.

TMS therapy makes its way to the Ohio Valley

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