Initial Consultation

Before having rTMS, you may need a:

  • Physical exam and possibly lab tests or other tests

  • Psychiatric evaluation to discuss your depression

These evaluations help make sure that rTMS is safe and a good option for you.

Tell your doctor or mental health provider if:

  • You're pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant.

  • You have any metal or implanted medical devices in your body. In some cases, people with metal implants or devices can have rTMS. However, due to the strong magnetic field produced during rTMS, the procedure is not recommended for some people who have the following devices:

    • Aneurysm clips or coils

    • Stents

    • Implanted stimulators

    • Implanted vagus nerve or deep brain stimulators

    • Implanted electrical devices, such as pacemakers or medication pumps

    • Electrodes for monitoring brain activity

    • Cochlear implants for hearing

    • Any magnetic implants

    • Bullet fragments

    • Any other metal device or object implanted in your body

Tell your doctor or mental health provider if:

  • You have a history of seizures or a family history of epilepsy.
  • You have other mental health disorders, such as substance misuse, bipolar disorder or psychosis.

  • You have brain damage from illness or injury, such as a brain tumor, a stroke or a traumatic brain injury.

  • You have frequent or severe headaches.

  • You have any other medical conditions.

  • You've had prior treatment with rTMS, and whether it was helpful in treating your depression.

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