How does Transcranial Pulse Stimulation work?
TPS: A simple and ambulatory Treatment for patients
Preconditions for the application of transcranial pulse stimulation on patients are exact brain function diagnostics and network analysis of the brain, among other things by means of an MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) of the head, further neurological/psychiatric examinations and the exclusion of any contraindications. The MRI must also meet the imaging requirements for the TPS treatment itself.
Transcranial Pulse Stimulation: Treatment Procedure
An initial TPS treatment series comprises 6 individual therapy sessions within approx. 2 weeks. One treatment session lasts about 30 minutes. The patient or his/her relatives do not need to make any further arrangements regarding eating and drinking or other activities and the existing medication is maintained. To conduct the TPS therapy session, the patient sits in a treatment chair. He/she can move around freely at any time, also during the treatment. Family members and other accompanying persons may be present during the treatment. Before the therapy begins, the doctor loads the patient’s individual MRI data into the system. Afterwards, the patient receives special glasses to determine the position of the head and a short calibration process is carried out to match the patient’s head shape with the MRI data. In this way, it is possible to view and document every pulse that is transmitted to the brain via the scalp in real time. In addition, the doctor applies an ultrasound gel to the scalp or hair (no shaving necessary) to ensure optimal transmission of the pulses.
TPS treatment: No restrictions during and after therapy
During the treatment, the doctor gently moves the handpiece over the corresponding areas of the scalp and skullcap. The energy transmitted is displayed in colour on the screen – so the doctor, patient and relatives can follow exactly which area of the brain is being reached at any time. The approximately 6,000 individual impulses emitted during a TPS treatment session are usually hardly noticeable for the patient, but can be heard. At the end of the therapy, the ultrasound gel is removed from the hair or head and the patient and relatives can continue their activities without restrictions.