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Study Explores Potential of Robotic-Assisted TMS for Depression

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Robotic transcranial magnetic stimulation in the treatment of depression: a pilot study.

Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) is a non-invasive method that uses magnetic fields to target brain neurons.

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Scientists in South Korea compared a custom robotic system developed for transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) coil placement to traditional manual methods in treating depression.

The researchers engineered a repetitive TMS model featuring a serial arm with a spherical mechanism to highlight safety and efficient motion around the brain.

They designed the device to stimulate the prefrontal cortex through a wider workspace, bigger payload, and better system stability.

The system regulated the robot's movements at a frequency of 1 kilohertz, with an optical tracking system running at 30 hertz.

Analysis revealed that the robotic method generated fewer errors than the manual method.

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