Neuronetics NeuroStar TMS Therapy System
An electromagnetic headpiece could help the millions of depression sufferers for whom antidepressants fail. The nonsurgical NeuroStar Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation system is as easy as a teeth cleaning. The patient sits in a chair as an electromagnetic coil pulses magnetic fields to his or her left prefrontal cortex, the part of the brain that regulates mood. This stimulates neurons to make more mood-enhancing dopamine. After 30 40-minute daily sessions, half of the patients in a clinical trial experienced significantly reduced symptoms; a third reported complete resolution. Last fall, it became the first TMS therapy to earn FDA approval.
From $6,000 for a four-week treatment; neurostartms.com
Great idea that is a little overpriced?? $6,000 for sitting in a chair for a few minute for 30 days? Shouldn't cost more then a $150 for a month of service.
Stick them in malls around the country and let people pay $5 for a half hour session.
Again, why the FDA?? Should we get FDA's approval on a foot vibrator?
And why the greed. Love your neighbor. True riches come from serving others.
Quite a rip off. But medical research is expensive and building a factory to build these units must be paid for. Plus the cost of the building housing these type units must also be paid off. Plus think of the electric bill that operating this machine must create. Once the factory and research bills have been paid off, the price for the units will come down. Another issue is insurance. Once health insurance covers the cost of treatment, health insurance providers will provide a larger number of patients who can afford the treatment. With 8 hour a day use, the price per patient will come down.
Treating depression is expensive, anyway. Multiple visits to the doctor, trying one antidepressant after another.
Then, depression is a really unhappy experience. One would give almost anything to lose it.
The poster above mentioned 8-hour a day treatments. How about 24-hour a day treatments, 7 days a week? Do it enough, and the costs go way down.
In a few years it will be integrated into a solar-powered baseball cap. :D
I look forward to the day they try this for psychologically normal people. Finding a safe, noninvasive, nonchemical way to improve the mood of a large fraction of the worlds population could be very helpful for humanity. I'd try it. Of course that'll open the door to manipulating other parts of "normal" people's minds (for fun AND profit), which could get complicated...
@iamsure - really? Man these inventors are stupid. You should go build yourself one of these or find an engineer to build one for you (and a medical technician to operate it) and charge $150 then. Personally I suspect there's a reason it costs so much other than simple greed. I don't see you demanding $10 MRI scans, even though that's been around for longer and relies on similar technology. I mean its just laying inside a tube right? That shouldn't cost hundreds of dollars per treatment.
Having worked in a health care environment I know too well how someone with depression is disabled and often unable to function when suffering from extreme mood swings. If this equipment can improve the effects of depressed state of mind, then fantastic. I just hope that the equipment is available to those who really do require treatment. As often it is the disadvantaged that become chronically ill as they do not have access to current interventions. Well done.
I feel so stupid about spending my hard earned money on such a device. It was unsuccessful and I would like my money back, at least in part. 6 weeks of this overpriced device has left me more depressed than before. Such a waste of money.
"...half of the patients in a clinical trial experienced significantly reduced symptoms" ...which means half didn't! Who wants to pay $6000 to see if they're in the lucky half?!?