EEG - Scan of the Brain
Before the rTMS treatment can begin, an EEG (electroencephalography) must be taken, this is to ensure there is no epileptiform activity present in the brain.
How does an EEG work?
An electroencephalography is the measurement of electrical activity produced in the brain. It is recorded from electrodes which are placed on the surface of the scalp and secured in a EEG cap. To ensure good contact with the scalp a conductive gel will be put between the electrodes and the skin. The computer records the brain’s electrical activity on the screen.
If there are no irregularities measured in the electroencephalography, the rTMS treatment procedure can be continued.
Before the electroencephalogram test begins, the patient must inform the examiner of their current medication. Medications can affect your brain’s usual electrical activity and can cause abnormal test results.
Frequently Asked Questions about rTMS
- Do I need a referral from my doctor?
- rTMS international is a private practice. You therefore do not need a referral from your doctor for treatment at rTMS International.
- Is there a waiting list?
- You can always go to rTMS International for an introductory meeting within one week. Treatment can be started as soon as the EEG has been performed and there is no evidence of this.
- Why haven’t I heard of rTMS before?
- rTMs is a technique that was introduced in the late 1990s as a treatment for depression. Since then, scientific and clinical research has been conducted to determine the safety of the treatment and to investigate the most effective protocols. It has been established that rTMS is a safe method that, for a large proportion of clients, contributes to the reduction of depression and / or compulsive complaints. Various publications show that clients with the “therapy resistant” diagnosis responded positively to treatment with rTMS. rTMS has been approved by the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) since 2008 and since 2017 a number of Dutch health insurance companies have reimbursed treatment under the supplementary insurance.
- Does rTMS treatment hurt?
- Does rTMS treatment hurt? Treatment with rTMS does not hurt and has few or no side effects. You sit in an easy chair and the coil that delivers the magnetic pulses is placed above your head. The magnetic pulses stimulate certain areas of the brain and decrease your depression and / or compulsive symptoms. Treatment with rTMS can cause mild tension headache after the end of treatment. This will go away on its own or after taking a painkiller
What treatments does rTMS International offer?
A life without depression or OCD (obsessive compulsive disorder) with rTMS.