When is TMS contraindicated?

TMS (Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation) is a generally well tolerated treatment with few relative side effects. However, the treatment is not right for everyone. Because the treatment produces a non-ionizing magnetic field, special precautions must be used with metallic objects that are permanently implanted or placed near the head. Individuals with metal implants in the head, shunts, implanted simulators, or defibrillators may not be eligible for treatment. Also, individuals with an active seizure disorder or history of seizures would need to be considered on a case by case basis by the medical director.  
Generally, TMS is well tolerated by most patients, and persons above the age of 18 suffering from a Major Depressive Disorder who have failed traditional treatments of medication and therapy are eligible for insurance coverage of the treatment.