FAQs for Physicians and Health Care Professionals

Who can I refer for rTMS?

Any patient that you have diagnosed with depression (unipolar or bipolar) that has a history of poor response to medication (failed at least one treatment) or cannot tolerate medication.

Patients with the following are not candidates for rTMS:

  • Ferromagnetic material anywhere in the head (excluding the mouth) including but not limited to cochlear implants, implanted brain stimulators or electrodes, aneurysm clips and plates or screws.

  • Increased intracranial pressure.

  • History of seizure disorder.

  • Active concurrent substance abuse

What information will I be given about my patient’s care?

You will be kept informed of your patient’s progress during their rTMS treatment. You will receive a letter detailing the initial assessment of the patient with our psychiatrist’s recommendations regarding rTMS therapy. You will receive a progress note midway through the patient’s rTMS treatment and a final report at the completion of the rTMS initiation phase.

Will my patient’s medications be modified?

Patient’s medications will be reviewed as part of their initial assessment and any recommended changes or issues with the patient's medications will be discussed with you.

Can I get more information or watch a treatment?

Yes, please call 403-571-5160 or email info@riverviewmedicalservices.ca with any questions or to schedule an appointment to observe a treatment.

How do I make a referral?

Please complete the referral form and FAX it to our office at 403-571-5167. Patients will be contacted and you will receive a report of the initial consultation.

What should I do if a patient relapses after rTMS therapy?

Patients who have responded to rTMS therapy will typically respond to another course of treatment. Patients can be referred back to the clinic for assessment and treatment planning.