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NeuroStar TMS Therapy at the TMS Center of the Hudson Valley

We have been performing NeuroStar transcranial  magnetic stimulation (TMS) since December, 2009. We were the first practice to offer NeuroStar TMS in the Hudson Valley, New York.  We have performed thousands of treatments over the past years and have the most experience of any TMS clinicians in our region. 

What you can expect during your NeuroStar TMS treatment  

During treatment, you will relax in our European spa chair. Our private suite offers a relaxing environment to listen to music, audiobook, watch a movie or your favorite show on TV while undergoing NeuroStar TMS therapy. Your TMS session will be a short outpatient procedure that lasts about 30 minutes. You can also speak with the TMS tecnician whenever necessary if you have any questions during or after the treatment. One of the benefits of NeuroStar TMS is that after the treatment you can return to your normal routine, including driving.

Your first treatment session

Our doctors will go through with you the consent form and give you ample time to have your questions asked and fully answered. After the consent is signed, our doctors will determine how to most effectively administer NeuroStar TMS treatments. They will perform a test to identify the treatment strength needed, called a motor threshold. This test identifies the magnetic field strength that will be used in your treatment. This field strength is customized for each patient to deliver the correct treatment dose. To do this our doctors will stimulate the brain on the left side of your head to get your right hand to move.  Everyone has their own individual motor threshold. Our team will provide the TMS treatment at a dose just above your motor threshold. 

After this initial procedure, our doctors will determine the specific location of where the TMS treatment will be applied and the treatment coil will be moved to that location. Our team will strive for the optimal treatment. This approach has resulted in our strong clinical and safety experience.

Our center utilizes the first TMS device approved by the FDA (NeuroStar TMS Therapy System: October, 2008) with the most extensive research data of any TMS device in the world. During your treatment session our technician will place the magnetic coil gently against the front part of your scalp and then the NeuroStar TMS Therapy System will deliver rapid series of “pulses” of the magnetic field usually in 4 second intervals with 10 pulses delivered per second with a rest interval in between. The pulses will feel like tapping on your scalp. Most patients find the sensation “different” and some find it uncomfortable in the first few treatments. We are experienced in making TMS Therapy comfortable, safe and effective.


After TMS Therapy

Immediately following each treatment session, you may return to your normal daily routine, including driving. During or after treatment you may experience headache or discomfort at the site of stimulation. These side effects are mild to moderate in intensity and lessen as further treatment sessions are administered. You can take a common over the counter pain remedies such as acetaminophen to manage these symptoms.