NICE Approval For rTMS Depression Treatment

  • By Chris Morden
  • 14 Jan, 2016

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) in the UK has now approved  rTMS  (Repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation) as an effective and safe method of treating depression for patients in the UK.

NICE Approves rTMS for Depression

The guidelines issued by NICE have not specified or restricted the type of rTMS treatment, which means that practitioners can offer treatment using conventional rTMS – which takes around 40 minutes per session – and/or theta burst, which takes around 5 minutes.

Repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation is a treatment which uses pulsing magnetic fields to activate brain centers associated with mood.

The treatment has a number of advantages over traditional medication as it is non-invasive. It does not involve surgery, anesthesia or sedation and it does not have the side effects associated with antidepressants.

rTMS has also been shown effective in treating migraine, post-natal depression and pain

Ectron are the UK exclusive distributors of  Magventure's rTMS system known as Magvita . This is the only system that has been awarded a CE mark for clinical use.

rTMS treatment is now available from  SmartTMS

read more about the approval at:  NICE GUIDELINES

By Lucille Watts 09 Mar, 2017

Timing and the 10 Years Tyromotion Celebration
Over the next few days the team from Ectron will be in Graz celebrating 10 years of Tyromotion with the Tyromotion team and their international partners. During the event Ectron will learn about the latest advances in Tyromotion technology.

Guest Speakers
In addition to Kathryn Farris, Tyromotion are introducing two more guest speakers.
Dr. Andrea Turolla, PT PhD
IRCCS San Camillo Hospital Foundation – Venice/Italy
Topic: New approaches for closed-loop control of devices, in rehabilitation: principles and evidence.
Michael Laborn, OT
Ergotherapie Laborn – Ergoldsbach/Bavaria/Germany
Topic: Computer aided intensive therapy of the hand- and arm-function. A promising approach.

To keep up to all the latest news from the event please follow Ectron on twitter @Ectron

By Lucille Watts 06 Mar, 2017
Maastricht University Two Day Clinical TMS Certification Course. Kings Fund, London.

European Clinical TMS Certification Course, 23rd-24th March 2017.

The popular TMS Course held at Maastricht University is for the first time offered in London this year.  Researchers, clinicians and academics from Maastricht University are running the  two-day clinical TMS certification course with a focus on the clinical applications of Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS). The course covers the basic physical and physiological principles of transcranial magnetic stimulation presenting state of the art insights and explanations of the latest scientific literature.

The course is now fully booked. For more information about TMS please email or call 0117 941 3979
By Lucille Watts 06 Mar, 2017
Ectron is pleased to announce it will be sponsoring  Leicester Partnership NHS Trust's TMS Symposium on Wednesday 29th March 2017. 

Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust (LPT) is hosting a symposium on Repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (rTMS) and Ectron have great pleasure in demonstrating MagVita TMS Therapy.

Dr Alex O'Neil-Kerr, Medical Director of Northamptonshire Healthcare Foundation Trust will be the keynote speaker.

The symposium  will include a live demonstration of MagVita TMS therapy and a Q & A session with an expert panel.

Venue:  Medical training and development centre,
Bradgate Mental Health Unit, Glenfield Hospital Site, Leicester.

For more information about MagVita TMS Therapy for your clinic please email
By Lucille Watts 23 Feb, 2017
Ectron were at PhysioFuction's Northampton's Centre of Excellence this week installing TYMO to PhysioFunction's Tyrostation. PhysioFunction specialises in Neurological Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation Technology and has clinics across the UK. PhysioFunction physiotherapists  combine hands-on treatment, exercise and technology when treating their patients.

TYMO is a wireless sensor based rehabilitation device that can be used for both assessments and therapy. TYMO offers a variety of different exercises for patients including: balance and postural control, or active use of force and support exercises for the upper body. TYMO is not just a static sensor plate but it also comes with fitted rolling elements that makes the TYMO moveable which makes it ideal in assessing and treating balance problems.

For more information about TYMO for your clinic click here: TYMO

For for more information about PhysioFunction or to find a PhysioFunction clinic near you please click here: PhysioFunction
By Lucille Watts 16 Feb, 2017

The popular TMS Course held at Maastricht University is for the first time offered in London tailored at a UK audience. The course is designed for health care professionals working with TMS, or considering working with TMS, clinicians and researchers who seek training in transcranial magnetic stimulation. The course consists of a mix of academic sessions and hands-on sessions.


The Clinical TMS Certification Course is accredited by the European Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (EACCME) to provide the following CME activity for medical specialists. The EACCME is an institution of the European Union of Medical Specialists (UEMS),

The Clinical TMS Certification Course is provided by academics and specialists from Maastricht University and was granted 11 European CME credits (ECMEC) by the EACCME.

European Accreditation
European Accreditation is granted by the EACCME in order to allow participants who attend the above-mentioned activity to validate their credits in their own country.

American CME

Through an agreement between the European Union of Medical Specialists and the American Medical Association, physicians may convert EACCME credits to an equivalent number of AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Information on the process to convert EACCME credit to AMA credit can be found at .

Live educational activities, occurring outside of Canada, recognised by the UEMS-EACCME for ECMEC credits are deemed to be Accredited Group Learning Activities (Section 1) as defined by the Maintenance of Certification Program of The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.
EACCME credits

The 'Clinical TMS Certification Course' is designated for a maximum of (or 'for up to') 11 hours of European external CME credits. Each medical specialist should claim only those hours of credit that he/she actually spent in the educational activity.

"Excellent lectures. Very Professional.....Intensive but very enjoyable. Well done" - Previous course participant

"The best way to meet other practitioners and discuss with them" - Previous course participant

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