Brainsway helmet technology Brainsway helmet technology The Brainsway helmet has been installed in more than 70 hospitals throughout the United States and Europe. (Photo: Brainsway)

Why are U.S. doctors increasing the use of brain helmets?

There's increased demand for device that helps treat multiple medical issues.

Could wearing a special helmet help treat medical issues or even assist you in your quest to quit smoking?

Doctors in America think so, as evidenced by the opening of Brainsway USA. The company is a subsidiary of an Israeli-based medical technology developer behind a helmet that uses Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (Deep TMS) to treat brain-related disorders like depression and Parkinson’s disease.

Deep TMS is a noninvasive procedure that uses magnetic pulses to stimulate nerve cells in the brain. The pulses are sent through an electromagnetic coil placed near the patient's scalp in the area a therapist wants to treat for 20 minutes at a time.

Below, a patient discusses her Brainsway treatment at a California clinic:

A new study found that Deep TMS is an effective and non-invasive treatment for patients with depressive disorder and who had no response or could not tolerate antidepressant medications. The study was published in the journal World Psychiatry. Other studies that have shown the device's effectiveness were conducted at Duke University in North Carolina and McGill University in Montreal.

Another study is testing the Brainsway device to determine if it can help people quit smoking. There are 15 sites in the U.S., Israel and Europe taking part in the study, which tests 18 TMS treatments that send pulses of electromagnetic energy to two parts of the brain.

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