Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) Helmet


Technology: Researchers at MUSC have developed a customizable helmet for safe and portable self-administration of transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) in diverse environments.  The therapy uses magnetic waves to ease depression symptoms, improve mood and facilitate performance. Traditionally, TMS necessitates trained operators and equipment to hold the coil in place over specific brain targets. Consequently, this limits the employment of this therapy to ambulatory and hospital settings. The current invention allows for self-administration of TMS both at-home and in extreme environments such as zero-gravity space travel or military settings. Additionally, the helmet may employ non-TMS applications such as ultrasound or other brain stimulation that requires spatial precision and coupling of an energy emitter with the scalp.


The helmet is a custom fabricated device that is tailored to fit the head of the person receiving the TMS. It takes less that one hour to make, is lightweight, and can be modified to hold many different TMS coils.