Saturday, February 28, 2009

Magnetic Seizure Therapy

This one is very similar to TMS, but is more focused on the targeted brain region avoiding regions such as the hippocampus which affect memory. A strong magnetic field (stronger than the one used in TMS) is used to induce an ECT-like seizure. Because the magnetic is field is so much greater, different, but similar, equipment is used than in TMS. MST is a procedure that requires anaesthesia (as with ECT). Preliminary research is saying that cognitive side effects in treated depressed patients are less impaired than when treated with ECT. Not a whole lot of research had been done in this area yet and is ongoing.

References: 1, 2, 3, 4

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