All About Theta-Burst Stimulation (TBS)

What is Theta-Burst Stimulation (TBS)?

TBS is a newer form of transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) used to treat major depressive disorder (MDD). TBS has been shown to produce stronger, longer lasting effects on brain activity when compared to standard TMS treatment. During TBS, magnetic pulses are applied to the brain in a specific pattern, referred to as bursts. While standard TMS procedures usually last around 36 minutes per session, TBS only takes a few minutes. The most common theta burst pattern consists of three bursts given at 50 Hz and repeated every 200 ms. 

How does TBS work?

TBS treats depression and other mental illnesses by stimulating areas of the brain with low activity. It uses an electromagnetic coil to deliver the pulses. Low-activity areas are associated with depression and mood control. By stimulating these areas, TBS is able to improve your mood and treat depression. 

What should I expect during TBS?

TBS is a non-invasive treatment administered through a coil. The coil sends magnetic pulses to stimulate the electric current in the brain. You will sit in a chair as the coil is applied to your head. TBS is a painless procedure performed while you are awake and alert. There is no anesthesia involved. An accelerated course of TBS takes around 10-15 days, whereas traditional TMS treatment takes around 6 weeks. 

Are there any risks associated with TBS?

TBS is a safe, tolerable, and effective form of treatment for most patients. There is a small risk of seizures associated with TBS. The most common side effects are headache, fatigue, and discomfort at the stimulation site. Your doctor at TMS Center of Colorado will help determine if you are a good candidate for TBS. Our physicians are highly trained and experienced in administering TBS.

TBS at TMS Center of Colorado

TMS Center of Colorado offers TBS at our locations in Denver and Lakewood. If you are interested in learning more about TBS at TMS Center of Colorado, please contact our office at 303-884-3867.

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