Do you have a child, ages 12-18, who makes uncontrollable movements or sounds called “tics”?

If so, you and your child may be eligible to participate in Project BBIT, a research study examining brain-behavior interactions in tics.

The study involves 3 visits:

1. Questionnaires with the parent and child

2. An MRI brain scan (you receive a picture of your brain!)

3. Brief brain stimulation using a hand-sized magnet (TMS)

Compensation for time and parking will be provided. You will also receive a picture of your child’s brain and a feedback report.

Contact us for more information!

What is TMS?

TMS is not invasive.

Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation uses a small electromagnetic coil controlled by a computer program to deliver short bursts of magnetic energy focused precisely on the left side of the brain. The TMS magnetic fields are the same type and strength as those produced by a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) machine.

A treatment coil is applied to the head above the targeted area of the brain. TMS magnetic fields do not directly affect the whole brain; they only reach about 2-3 centimeters into the brain directly beneath the treatment coil. As TMS magnetic fields move into the brain, they produce very small electrical currents. The electrical currents activate cells within the brain, which may change the frequency or experience of tics.

--Adapted from Butler Hospital http://www.butler.org/programs/outpatient/how-does-tms-work.cfm