Four Adjoining Heads

Psychiatry

Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) Clinic

Who We Are

We provide a non-invasive, in hospital outpatient treatment offered at VGH.

Who Do We Treat

Our program is intended for mild to moderately depressed individuals. This is a non-pharmaceutical team approach to treating depression. Physician/Psychiatrist referral is required.

What is Repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (rTMS)

rTMS involves placing a magnetic coil on a person’s head over a brain region thought to be related to the mental illness being treated. This region is then treated with several trains of magnetic pulses which produces electrical stimulation within the brain without triggering a seizure. The subject is fully conscious during the treatment, which typically lasts around 30 minutes. Typically, a treatment course is administered daily (excluding weekends) for 20 days.

Benefits to the Client

Studies throughout the world have demonstrated rTMS may improve symptoms of clinical depression with fewer side effects than ECT (Electro Convulsive Therapy).

Who Can Participate

Potential subjects who can participate in rTMS treatment include those who:

Factors Which May Exclude a Person from Receiving rTMS

What Is Involved

You will meet with one of the Psychiatrists and nurses who will complete an assessment, decide upon eligibility for treatment and explain the risks and benefits to you in detail and answer all your questions.
Our staff will complete various mental status exams and depression scales with you and you will be asked to complete some scales and forms on your own during the 4 -6 week treatment process. Once accepted to the treatment program, you will visit the rTMS Clinic daily Monday through Friday for 30-60 minutes for assessment and treatment.
It is safe to drive a vehicle after the treatment, unless a side effect occurs which necessitates staff to recommend not driving temporarily.

Referral Process

Referrals are to be made in writing attention TMS program at Vancouver Hospital.

Cost to Client

There may be a fee for this treatment course as it is currently not covered by MSP.

Contact Us

Neurostimulation Program
ECT/TMS

Vancouver Coastal Health - VGH Site
6th Floor Willow Pavilion
805 West 12th Avenue
Vancouver, BC V5Z 1M9
Phone: 604.675.2449
Fax: 604.675.2464

Hours of Operation:
8:30 am - 12:30 pm Monday to Friday

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