FAQs

How does Deep TMS compare to ECT?

While ECT entails electrically induced seizures, BrainsWay Deep TMS therapy stimulates brain regions using brief magnetic pulses at an amplitude similar to that used in MRI systems. ECT requires anesthesia and may entail severe side effects, including memory loss, while BrainsWay Deep TMS therapy does not involve anesthesia, has no effects on memory, and is generally well-tolerated.

What is Deep TMS and how does it work?

Deep transcranial magnetic stimulation (dTMS), is a noninvasive treatment process that directly stimulates brain structures associated with mental health conditions. This is done utilizing electromagnetic fields generated by our patented H-coil to safely reach deeper brain structures and influence their neural activity.

Who is eligible for Deep TMS

Deep TMS is a noninvasive treatment course proven to offer symptom relief for various mental health conditions. Eligibility for dTMS treatment is determined by a person’s insurance provider. As dTMS is safe to combine with other forms of therapy, many insurance providers consider those currently undergoing medical treatment or psychotherapy, as well as treatment-resistant clients, to be eligible for Deep TMS treatment.

What evidence exists for Deep TMS effectiveness?

Numerous clinical studies in reputable peer-reviewed journals have found that BrainsWay’s Deep TMS therapy is successful in alleviating symptoms of mental health conditions and offering patients relief.

Has Deep TMS therapy been tested?

BrainsWay Deep TMS therapy has been tested in over 60 clinical studies, for various clinical indications, in leading institutions worldwide. The FDA has cleared BrainsWay Deep TMS therapy for treatment resistant depression and it is currently available in the U.S., Europe, and South America.


BrainsWay is also indicated by the FDA as an intended adjunct treatment for adult patients suffering from Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)/FDA De Novo.

Are there any safety concerns related to Deep TMS therapy?

Deep TMS treatment is a noninvasive procedure that has been demonstrated in clinical trials and actual practice usage to be well-tolerated. You should consult your doctor to see whether dTMS is right for you based on your own personal medical history.

Does Deep TMS have any side effects?

Deep TMS therapy is a noninvasive form of brain stimulation for the treatment of MDD and OCD that does not require surgery or implantation of electrodes.

Does Deep TMS entail any discomfort?

Deep Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation, or dTMS, uses magnetic fields to regulate brain structures associated with mood disorders. During the treatment process, patients normally hear a tapping sound and feel some pressure over the treatment site, though these usually go away after several sessions. dTMS therapy side effects usually do not cause any persistent discomfort.

Does Deep TMS entail any risks?

BrainsWay Deep TMS treatment has been proven safe and effective, and has no known systemic side effects. The most common side effect is temporary, mild pain or discomfort in the area of the treatment site, which occurs during the treatment session. This typically occurs only during the first week of TMS treatment. Other side effects may include muscle twitching and jaw pain.

How long does Deep TMS treatments take?

Deep TMS treatment is normally spread out over six weeks. During this time, patients come in for sessions five times per week and each of these sessions last about 20 minutes. Depending on the mental health condition being treated, there may be additional maintenance sessions after the initial course of treatment.

What happens during a Deep TMS procedure?

dTMS treatment utilizes BrainsWay’s patented H-coil technology to regulate brain activity and improve patients’ mental health and well-being. During the procedure, a helmet holding the H-coil is fitted over the patient’s head before sending magnetic pulses to targeted areas of the brain. dTMS is a noninvasive procedure where patients can catch up on their reading or social media during sessions. Patients will experience a light tapping sensation on their scalp during the treatment. Each session takes about 20 minutes, after which patients can drive themselves and go about their daily routine.

What do patients usually feel during Deep TMS treatment sessions?

Typically, patients hear a tapping sound and feel a tapping sensation in the head area during BrainsWay Deep TMS therapy session. To diminish the sound, the patient is provided with earplugs. Some patients experience temporary, mild pain or discomfort in the area of the treatment site, which occurs during the treatment session. This typically occurs only during the first week BrainsWay Deep TMS treatment. Other side effects may include muscle twitching and jaw pain.

Will I need to stop my medication or therapy?

Deep TMS treatment is safe to combine with any sort of medication or psychotherapy. dTMS is both noninvasive and found to be effective in treating a variety of mental health conditions, in combination with other forms of therapy or as a standalone treatment.

Is Deep TMS covered by insurance?

We are currently in the process of getting Deep TMS covered by insurance companies in BC.