Neuronetics, a firm based in Malvern, Pennsylvania, won FDA approval for its latest NeuroStar transcranial magnetic stimulation therapy system. Approved in the U.S. for treating depression in patients who have tried at least one antidepressant drug, the new system has the major benefit of offering the same therapy during shorter sessions.
Although session duration is decided on by the physician, many sessions can be complete within twenty minutes. This technology relies on focused magnetic fields that don’t seem to cause any serious side effects.
The system features laser positioning and a sensor that feels the contact pressure of the magnetic field generator against the head, helping to get therapy sessions started quickly and with little discomfort.
The majority of people who benefited from treatment with NeuroStar experienced clinically meaningful, long-lasting improvement.