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October 24, 2014

Repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation and Associative Memory Enhancement

by Jennifer Bolton and Serena Smith, TMS Clinicians at SeattleNTC Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), a noninvasive method of brain stimulation, has recently been shown to enhance neural pathways in the brain that are associated with memory function. In memory processing, superficial regions of the brain, such as the lateral-parietal cortex, connect to deeper memory control centers, such as the hippocampus. Because TMS can stimulate only the outer few centimeters of the human cortex, the lateral-parietal cortex has been identified as a target area over which TMS could be used to affect deeper brain structures or regions involved in memory. In a study by Wang […]
September 2, 2014

Brainsway Deep TMS

We have added a new TMS device at our Cherry Hill Office:  Brainsway Deep TMS.  Deep TMS (dTMS) is a new technology that produces significantly deeper cortical stimulation.  Brainsway Deep TMS is approved by the FDA for Major Depressive Disorder.  The FDA indication is based on a 16-week double-blind, placebo-controlled multi-center study, which enrolled over 200 subjects, showing a profound decline in the Hamilton Depression Rating Scale (HDRS-21), a significant remission rate of 32.6% and an even higher response rate in treatment resistant patients.  Brainsway Deep TMS is currently being studied in over 60 clinical trials at leading institutions worldwide.  Approved clinical indications in […]
September 2, 2014

Welcome Suzanne Kerns, M.D.

We are pleased to introduce Suzanne Kerns, M.D., who joined  SeattleNTC in August 2014.   Dr. Kerns completed her undergraduate studies at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill.  She attended medical school at the University of Sydney, Australia, followed by psychiatry residency at Duke University.  Dr. Kerns subsequently completed a Fellowship in Brain Stimulation at Medical University of South Carolina under the guidance of Mark S. George MD, a founding father of transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS).  Special clinical interests include women’s mental health, post-traumatic stress disorders and addiction disorders—and especially the developing applications for brain stimulation in these areas.
June 23, 2014

Likelihood of Remission from Depression with Medications vs. TMS vs. ECT

Depression is now the leading cause of disability in the world (WHO, 2012), and Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) is increasingly recognized as an important treatment option by both clinicians and insurance companies As such, we are frequently asked about the relative effectiveness of medications vs. TMS vs. ECT for treatment-resistant depression.  While head to head studies of the 3 treatments have not been completed, it is interesting to compare large, multi-site, frequently cited studies of the 3 treatment modalities administered to patients with similar levels of treatment resistance. These findings are a useful reminder to regularly assess the severity of […]