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Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation

Transcranial magnetic stimulation is a procedure that uses magnetic fields to stimulate nerve cells in the brain.

A large electromagnetic coil is placed against the scalp near the forehead. This creates painless electric currents that stimulate the brain.

Transcranial magnetic stimulation is commonly used to treat mood disorders, such as depression. However some researchers believe it could be useful in the treatment of some of the problems faced by some people with autism.

Transcranial magnetic stimulation is also known as electromagnetic induction, low-frequency repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation, rTMS, and TMS.

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