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Transcranial magnetic stimulation: Neurophysiological applications and safety


TMS is a non-invasive tool for measuring neural conduction and processing time, activation thresholds, facilitation and inhibition in brain cortex, and neural connections in humans. It is used to study motor, visual, somatosensory, and cognitive functions. TMS does not appear to cause long-term adverse neurological, cardiovascular, hormonal, motor, sensory, or cognitive effects in healthy subjects. Single-pulse (<1Hz) TMS is safe in normal subjects. High frequency, high-intensity repetitive TMS (rTMS) can elicit seizures even in normal subjects. Safety guidelines for using rTMS have been published.

Brain Cogn 2002 Dec;50(3):366-86
Anand S, Hotson J.
Department of Biological Sciences, San Jose State University, One Washington Square, 95192-0100, San Jose, CA, USA

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