Thetaburst

Theta Burst Stimulation (TBS)

Theta Burst Stimulation (TBS) is a relatively new form of Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS), being described in 2005 and initially used for stimulation of the motor cortex in humans. Treatment of depression using TBS is relatively new with studies from 2014 showing TBS to be superior to sham stimulation with an adverse effects profile comparable to sham stimulation. Further, TBS for depression treatment has been established as equally efficacious and safe compared to high frequency rTMS. 

Theta Burst Stimulation is a patterned form of rTMS. The standard theta burst pattern consists of three bursts of pulses given at 50Hz and repeated every 200 ms. More patients at the same cost. With its reduced treatment time of just 6 minutes, TBS depression treatment allows for a higher throughput of patients compared to what is possible with the standard rTMS protocol of 37 minutes. Clinics offering TBS treatment can thus treat 5 times more patients with Theta Burst than with conventional rTMS treatment making TBS depression treatments more cost-effective. 

 MagVenture’s solution includes: 
  •  6 minutes Theta Burst protocol
  • Same efficacy as 10Hz rTMS standard protocol
  • CE-approved for major depression 
To run TBS depression treatment you will need:
  • MagPro R30 + Theta Burst Option or MagPro X100
  • Cool D-B80 coil used for both MT determination and treatment


The MagVita range of magnetic stimulators are the only TMS devices available in the UK that are CE approved for clinical use for the treatment of depression. - “treatment of Major Depressive Disorder in adult patients who have failed to achieve satisfactory improvement from two prior antidepressant medications, at or above the minimal effective dose and duration in the current episode"

For more information about TMS for your hospital or clinic please fill out the contact form below or email tms@ectron.co.uk

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