How MeRT works
Our MeRT brain treatment center uses a brain therapy protocol that combines three medical technologies EEG, EKG and rTMS – in a unique, leading-edge, highly targeted process.
- An electroencephalogram (EEG) records the electrical activity of the brain and reflects the current metabolic and attention state of the brain, which can change according to consciousness, alertness and neurological state. Obtaining an EEG recording is painless and non-invasive and takes about 20 minutes. As every EEG is unique and tied to the individual, this tool enables a customized approach to therapy.
- An electrocardiogram (EKG) maps the electrical activity of the heart, which plays an important role in explaining the health and function of the brain.
- Non-invasive, repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS) is applied using data from the EEG. This therapy painlessly stimulates the brain over a prescribed treatment period to change and optimize its neural pathways. A number of rTMS systems have been cleared by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for neuromodulation in the treatment of Major Depressive Disorder. The neuromodulation equipment used by the MeRT brain therapy approach has been cleared by the FDA in the treatment of depression and may be used off label for other disorders in the practice of medicine.
Research on MeRT brain therapy
To review some of the scientific literature on MeRT brain therapy and to learn more about how MeRT works, visit our partner, Brain Treatment Center.