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To book an appointment to discuss and determine if rTMS is a good fit, your family doctor can send a referral to BrainWave Clinic (fax: 204-417-5266)

rTMS

Treatment for Depression

Approved by Health Canada for treating depression in 2002, repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (rTMS) can help normalize brainwave activity, without medications' side effects. It may be particularly helpful for treatment-resistant depression, or in case of medication intolerance. A full course of rTMS costs $3,000 to $12,000 in clinics across Canada and the US where it is not covered, but as of October 2023, rTMS at BrainWave is covered for Manitoba residents (with an active health card). 

rTMS uses magnetic pulses, created by a coil placed over the head, to stimulate brain networks that are under or overactive in people with depression. The full therapy consists of 20-30 treatment sessions administered daily for multiple consecutive days, with each session typically lasting 5-15 minutes. Patients may feel a tingling or tapping sensation on their heads during the session. Responders to rTMS describe improvements in mood, anxiety (particularly when it is secondary to depression), energy, concentration and/or sleep.

Since 2013, Dr. Modirrousta (a Harvard-trained Neuro-Psychiatrist) has used rTMS to treat several hundred patients with depression and other neuropsychiatric conditions. rTMS has also been a focus of Dr. Modirrousta's research (click here to view Dr. Modirrousta’s rTMS-related publications). In 2016, Dr. Modirrousta co-authored the “Neurostimulation Treatments” section of the Canadian Network for Mood and Anxiety Treatments' (CANMAT) clinical guidelines for the management of adults with major depressive disorder.

Patient Experiences

“The work done at the BrainWave clinic by Dr. Modirrousta and the staff has changed my life for the better. They have helped to alleviate the symptoms of my chronic/treatment resistant depression and provide so much hope for my future.

Family Doctor

Nurse Practitioner or Psychiatrist

Your doctor can send an rTMS referral to the BrainWave Clinic.

fax: 204-417-5266

Eligibility Assessment

After initial screening, and if the referral is accepted, an appointment will be booked for an eligibility assessment.

rTMS Treatment

Assuming you are evaluated as a good candidate and you wish to proceed, your treatments will be scheduled.

An Explanatory Video From Our TMS Manufacturer Magstim:
What is TMS?

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