The value of neuronavigated rTMS for the treatment of depression

Neurophysiol Clin. 2010 Mar;40(1):37-43. doi: 10.1016/j.neucli.2009.06.004. Epub 2009 Jul 16.


Repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS) has been increasingly evaluated as a therapeutic tool for the treatment of depression, using various stimulation parameters and protocols. Heterogeneous results have been reported with regard to clinical outcome, at least partly due to the variety of procedures for coil placement above the desired site of stimulation. This article reviews the strategies for coil positioning in the treatment of depression. Considering preliminary clinical evidence, neuronavigated rTMS appears desirable to treat depression, compared to the standard targeting procedure (5cm anterior to the motor cortex). Coil positioning strategy might improve in the future by taking into consideration the individual abnormalities revealed by functional neuroimaging data.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Brain Mapping / methods
  • Depressive Disorder / therapy*
  • Evoked Potentials, Motor / physiology
  • Humans
  • Motor Cortex / physiopathology
  • Neuronavigation / methods*
  • Positron-Emission Tomography / methods
  • Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation / methods*