Transcranial magnetic stimulation: Improved coil design for deep brain investigation

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2011-01-01
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Crowther, Lawrence
Marketos, P.
Williams, P.
Melikhov, Y.
Jiles, David
Starzewski, J.
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This paper reports on a design for a coil for transcranial magnetic stimulation. The design shows potential for improving the penetration depth of the magnetic field, allowing stimulation of subcortical structures within the brain. The magnetic and induced electric fields in the human head have been calculated with finite element electromagnetic modeling software and compared with empirical measurements. Results show that the coil design used gives improved penetration depth, but also indicates the likelihood of stimulation of additional tissue resulting from the spatial distribution of the magnetic field.

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The following article appeared in Journal of Applied Physics 109 (2011): 07B314 and may be found at http://dx.doi.org/10.1063/1.3563076.

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Coils, Halo, Brain, Magnetic fields, Electric fields
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