Magnetic stimulation is a non-invasive and painless method of exciting neurons using strong, time varying magnetic fields generated by a stimulating coil and held close to the intended site of stimulation.
Used for research, diagnosis, prognosis and therapy in a range of nervous and psychiatric disorders, magnetic stimulation is able to stimulate the human cortex, spinal roots and peripheral nerves.
Depending on the application a variety of output waveforms may be used to excite or inhibit nerve response. In addition a pulse can be either monophasic or biphasic.
Monophasic single pulse systems are favoured for neurology applications due to the accuracy of the waveform and low heat output. For rapid rate stimulation, biphasic systems are used due to their ability to produce short and efficient pulses.
Our magnetic stimulators are widely compatible and can be used in conjunction with equipment such as MRI, fMRI, EMG, EEG, and TMS Navigation in order to elicit, record and monitor brain activity.
Magstim produce two monophasic systems; the Magstim 200² and Magstim BiStim². These are used extensively within the fields of Neurology and Neurophysiology, as an accepted diagnostic tool, to test nerve conduction and velocity as part of the diagnosis of many degenerative nerve conditions, assisting in early diagnosis and prognosis of disorders including:
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Central Motor Disorders
- Motor Neurone Disease
- Spinal Injury
For accurate single pulse functionality, monophasic waveform systems are favoured for:
- Neurological research
- Cortical mapping and brain research
- Functional assessment of central motor pathways
- Early diagnosis, assessment and monitoring of nervous diseases