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Stanford Accelerated Intelligent Neuromodulation Therapy (SAINT) vs. Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation


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According to a recent press release, Stanford’s Accelerated Intelligent Neuromodulation Therapy (SAINT) device, which combines transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) and galvanic vestibular stimulation (GVS), has been approved by the FDA to treat depression in patients who haven’t benefitted from traditional antidepressants. 


Similar to TMS, SAINT sends magnetic pulses through the skull and into brain tissue to stimulate nerve cells in different ways.


What is Stanford’s Accelerated Intelligent Neuromodulation Therapy?

SAINT uses deep-brain stimulation to treat patients with severe depression, giving them a chance at recovery that would not be possible with current therapies. 

It offers a full eight hours of treatment in under three minutes, and can be completed during an outpatient procedure—no hospital stay is required. 

Deep-brain stimulation is used to treat psychiatric disorders such as Parkinson’s disease or obsessive-compulsive disorder; S-AINT differs by simultaneously stimulating multiple brain regions involved in regulating mood and responding to treatment for depression, enabling it to accelerate and improve recovery from acute episodes of major depressive disorder (MDD) more quickly than existing treatments for people who don’t respond adequately to medications or are looking for more rapid relief from suicidal thoughts or feelings.


What is TMS? Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation

TMS is a form of brain stimulation that uses pulses of magnetic energy to create an electric current in specific regions of the brain. The goal of TMS therapy is to alter abnormal activity in certain areas of your brain. 

This stimulation may help improve mood, sleep, and reduce physical pain associated with some medical conditions (e.g., headache and arthritis). 

However, scientists don’t know exactly how TMS works to produce these benefits because we still have much to learn about how different parts of our brains contribute to overall health. 

Faster Results

Stanford’s accelerated intelligent neuromodulation therapy works on your brain activity in a more targeted way than conventional TMS, which means that you may be able to treat your depression faster. 

This therapy was developed by Stanford University researchers who conducted an extensive study to find out how their new machine could best help depressed patients get better. 

They discovered that part of what caused depression to continue for so long is that most treatments affect many areas of brain activity at once—and it can take time for those signals to synchronize back together when things are going well again. 

Decreased Number of Sessions

Traditional TMS requires several weeks of appointments with a trained professional, whereas SAINT can be administered by non-specialists in as few as four sessions. 

Compared to traditional treatments, SAINT has been shown to decrease illness duration by roughly half and is less expensive due to decreased session time and fewer required appointments; patients who use traditional TMS are required to visit a clinic every day for five consecutive days for about 40 minutes each day at about $400 per session. 

Improved Sleep Quality

Sleep quality depends on a number of factors, including stress levels and external stimuli. To improve sleep quality, it is essential to manage these factors before going to bed at night and while sleeping during the day through deep breathing exercises and meditation. 

Stanford’s intelligent neuromodulation therapy system uses transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) to offer relief for sleep deprivation by providing healthy electrical impulses that stimulate nerves in your head or body depending on what kind of device you use. 

If you are suffering from impaired sleep due to stress or insomnia, consider using an acceleration therapy device rather than pharmaceuticals that can have adverse effects on your health as well as be addictive over time.

Benefits of TMS

TMS uses magnetic fields to stimulate a part of your brain that controls mood and behavior. 

This noninvasive therapy has been shown to be successful in treating depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), and other mood disorders when other methods haven’t worked, or have caused adverse side effects. 

The key here is that TMS works on different parts of the brain than medication—so it can be used together with medication for enhanced results without necessarily any adverse interactions. 

As an example, in one study on depressed patients, those who were treated with both medication and TMS showed significantly better responses compared to those who received either treatment alone.

BrainHealth Solutions TMS Treatment and Psychiatric Clinic

BrainHealth Solutions offers a medically-assisted treatment known as transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS). Instead of using a drug to treat your psychiatric disorder, such as depression or anxiety, we use TMS. 

This therapy involves placing electrodes on your scalp and then delivering small electric currents to precise regions of your brain that have been clinically shown to help treat symptoms related to depression or anxiety. 


Contact us today to learn more about our TMS treatment procedures!

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