Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS)
Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) is a noninvasive method to excite neurons in the brain: weak electric currents are induced in the tissue by rapidly changing magnetic fields. In this way, brain activity can be triggered with minimal discomfort and the functionality of the circuitry and connectivity of the brain can be studied.
TMS may only be performed upon completion of the ICTS Neuroimaging Unit TMS Training and with the subsequent written approval of the Unit Director, Dr. Steve Cramer. This training includes familiarity with the safe operation of the TMS software and hardware. TMS may only be performed in the Institute for Clinical & Translational Science Hewitt Hall site and under the supervision of a ICTS nurse familiar with TMS procedures.
To request use of TMS facilities, apply for services support using the ICTS application, and request TMS resource/assistance in the Radiological Imaging Section. Questions may be directed to the Neuroimaging Unit Director, Dr. Steve Cramer.
TMS Information and Protocols
Policy & Safety Reports
- Full TMS Lab Policy, ver.8
Neuroimaging Unit's TMS policy. This includes the official TMS screening form and how to detect and respond to a seizure.
- TMS Rules, ver.4
The Rules of Conduct in the TMS Lab.
- TMS Safety Document
Magstim’s 2008 Review of the Safety of TMS.
- Wassermann rTMS Safety Document
Risk and Safety of Repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation: Report and Suggested Guidelines From the International Workshop on the Safety of Repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation, June 5–7, 1996.
- Stroke Report
Magstim’s report on Stroke and TMS.
- Safety, ethical considerations, and application guidelines for the use of transcranial magnetic stimulation in clinical practice and research
This article is based on a consensus conference intended to update the previous safety guidelines for the application of transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) in research and clinical settings.
Downloadable Manuals & Protocols
- TMS Protocol
The Neuroimaging Unit's General TMS Protocol
- Brainsight User Manual
Brainsight Software Manual for Version 1.7.9
- Guide to Magnetic Stimulation 2008
Magstim's TMS manual.
- Placebo Coil Operating Manual
Operating Manual for the Magstim Placebo Coil.
- Kleim, Kleim & Cramer TMS Paper
Nature Protocols Paper Detailing TMS Motor Paradigm.
Forms & Utilities
- TMS Data Sheet
The Neuroimaging Unit's TMS Data Collection Form, for use with Scope.
- TMS Eligibility
The Neuroimaging Unit's TMS Sample Screening Form
- TMS Room Scheduler
Current TMS room Scheduling Calendar. Proper Username and Password is Required to Access This Site.