Repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation

Depression is one of the most common mental illnesses. One in four people will suffer from depression severe enough to warrant treatment.

There are various ways to treat depression, including psychotherapy, medication or a combination of several therapeutic approaches. Among the most innovative solutions for people suffering from depression lies one of the lesser-known treatments: repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS).

Approved since 2002 by Health Canada for the treatment of depression, this approach is scientifically validated according to Canadian practice guidelines for patients suffering from depression and who fail to respond to a first course of antidepressants.

What is rTMS?

A coil is applied to the user's scalp to send magnetic pulses that induce electrical currents in the neurons of the targeted area of the cortex. No anesthetic is required. During the procedure, which lasts about 15 minutes, the user is alert and no rest or recovery period is required afterwards. Patients can return to their normal routine, including driving. Treatments are performed twice a day, 3 to 5 days a week, for a total of 30 procedures.


rTMS has been shown to be effective in the treatment of depression, with a positive response rate of up to 50%. Most users see an improvement in their symptoms after a few sessions.

How the Consultation Process is Carried Out

This treatment is not intended for all patients suffering from depression, and an evaluation by a psychiatrist is required beforehand.

After we receive your referral, you will meet with a psychiatrist to assess your eligibility for this treatment. If eligible, a further appointment will be required to customize your treatment plan.

At ELNA Medical, our professionals are committed to your mental health. Book an appointment today for a consultation.

* Please note that only the initial consultation is covered by the RAMQ. The procedure itself is not covered. *

Dr Zaari Jabiri Mohammed

Dr Zaari Jabiri Mohammed MD, FRCPC,LMCC

Professor of Clinical Education
Université de Sherbrooke


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