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Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation
(TMS Therapy)

Pine Rivers Private Hospital is participating in a clinical trial of this treatment for patients who live with chronic depression and who have a history of poor response to antidepressant medication. This is a non-invasive treatment with no anaesthetic required.

For further information please contact our Intake Team on 07 3881 7291.

Some people feel tired after each TMS treatment though this differs from person to person.

Some people report an improvement in their night sleep pattern.

Yes, you need to remain an inpatient at Pine Rivers Private Hospital to receive TMS treatment.

No, TMS is not Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT). ECT is also a treatment for depression.

An anesthetic is required for ECT. TMS does not use an anesthetic and does not involve producing a seizure

  • A list of current medications and all your physical medications
  • Any current pathology results
  • CD selection for use during session
  • Comfortable clothing
  • Completed trial questions
  • GP referral - include physical examination
  • Medicare card
  • Please leave all valuables at home.

During the session you are seated in a comfortable chair. You are fully conscious and responsive.

There are no medications involved in the treatment.

The TMS nurse rests the magnet over the appropriate area of the scalp and activates the magnet.

During your prescribed treatment you may talk with the nurse, rest or meditate as you see fit.

Those people who are going to respond to TMS usually show some initial improvement in their mood after four to six sessions.

It may take up to 20 sessions for your mood to return to its usual level.

There is no evidence stating that TMS does any damage to your hair or scalp.

TMS is not known to lead to memory difficulties.

You may notice an improvement in your memory as your mood improves.

TMS is available for patients with depression and who have a history of poor response to, or an inability to tolerate the side effects of antidepressant medications. It is also available to those patients who have had a previous good response to TMS.

As TMS involves magnetic energy, some people may be unable to have TMS including those with:

  • A cardiac pacemaker or defibrillator
  • A neurostimulator or biostimulator
  • Brain aneurysm clips
  • Cochlear implants
  • History of previous head or brain surgery
  • History of seizures, fits, epilepsy or stroke
  • Or a significant neurological disorder (e.g. MS, cerebral lupus, brain tumour, etc.)
  • TMS is not recommended for people during pregnancy.


People with dental fillings / braces are able to receive TMS.

You will be asked to complete and sign a safety checklist prior to receiving TMS.

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