Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation as a Therapeutic Option for Neurologic and Psychiatric Illnesses.

Author: Habib S1, Hamid U2, Jamil A3, Zainab AZ4, Yousuf T5, Habib S6, Tariq SM7, Ali F6
1Neurology, Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, USA.
2Internal Medicine, The Indus Hospital, Lahore, PAK.
3Internal Medicine, Fatima Jinnah Medical University, Lahore, PAK.
4Radiology, Mayo Hospital King Edward Medical College, Lahore, PAK.
5Family Medicine, Civil Hospital Karachi, Dow University of Health Sciences, Karachi, PAK.
6Internal Medicine, Dow University of Health Sciences, Karachi, PAK.
7Internal Medicine, Jinnah Sindh Medical University, Karachi, PAK.
Conference/Journal: Cureus.
Date published: 2018 Oct 16
Other: Volume ID: 10 , Issue ID: 10 , Pages: e3456 , Special Notes: doi: 10.7759/cureus.3456. , Word Count: 106

In recent years, transcranial magnetic stimulation has become an area of interest in the field of neurosciences due to its ability to non-invasively induce sufficient electric current to depolarize superficial axons and networks in the cortex and can be used to explore brain functioning. Evidence shows that transcranial magnetic stimulation could be used as a diagnostic and therapeutic tool for various neurological and psychiatric illnesses. The aim of this review is to introduce the basics of this technology to the readers and to bring together an overview of some of its clinical applications investigated thus far.

KEYWORDS: electromagnetic; electrophysiology; stimulation; transcranial

PMID: 30564535 PMCID: PMC6298622 DOI: 10.7759/cureus.3456