What are the conditions treated with MeRT?
MeRT (Magnetic EKG/EEG Resonance Therapy) can treat various conditions and is FDA cleared to treat Major Depressive Disorder (MDD) and Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD).
For all other disorders, MeRT is currently being used “off-label” in the practice of medicine. However, FDA clearance studies for Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), and Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) are ongoing.
MeRT is also used “off-label” for ADHD, Learning Disorders, Dementia, Parkinson’s disease, Anxiety, and other brain disorders.
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Some Conditions Treated with MeRT at the Brain Treatment Center Newport Beach:
Major Depressive Disorder
According to the Mayo Clinic, over three million people are diagnosed with Major Depressive Disorder each year. And new research suggests that altered neural circuitry can create risk factors for depression.
MeRT uses rTMS (repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation), which is FDA-cleared to treat Major Depressive Disorder (MDD). TMS has been successful in treating depression, particularly when a patient has not responded to medication or other therapies.
Clinically depressed patients have visible markers in their EEG studies. This typically comprises an imbalance in brainwave activity between the left and right hemispheres, called asymmetry.
By performing a quantitative EEG on each patient, we can determine their exact brainwave frequency. Then we evaluate the EEG results and develop a treatment plan of targeted rTMS specific to that patient’s unique condition. Then we correct the brain asymmetry by using a magnetic coil to neuromodulate the brain’s electrical activity. As a result, the MeRT protocol can reduce depression symptoms.
To learn more about how the Brain Treatment Center in Newport Beach uses MeRT to treat depression, click here.
A diagnosis of autism can be overwhelming for parents, but early intervention can be key to the child’s development. Kids don’t usually grow out of autism, but it is possible for them to function very well.
We offer MeRT treatment for children and adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). MeRT is not currently FDA-cleared for autism and is considered “off label.” However, studies have shown that for many children, it can be instrumental in helping them develop skills to function more normally.
Many different types of therapies can help with autism, and MeRT can be used along with any of them.
For more information about how the Brain Treatment Center Newport Beach uses MeRT treatment for Autism, click here.
Traumatic Brain Injury
The Brain Treatment Center offers MeRT treatment for traumatic brain injury (TBI) and concussions. Our non-pharmaceutical, non-invasive treatment has been highly successful in treating the after-effects of a TBI or concussion. If you have suffered a head injury, this treatment may help you.
Research has shown that people who have experienced a traumatic brain injury will have a higher power in their delta band frequencies and lower power in the alpha bands. MeRT can help align these frequencies.
People with traumatic brain injuries often go through other types of therapies to help them regain function and cope with their injury or disability. MeRT treatment can be used in conjunction with these therapies.
For more information on how the Brain Treatment Center Newport Beach uses MeRT treatment protocols for Traumatic Brain Injury, click here.
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, or PTSD, can be a life-altering mental health problem. It is caused by experiencing or witnessing terrifying events, violence, or going through extended periods of extreme stress.
The onset of symptoms can occur right after a stressful time or can appear many years later, such as in child abuse cases. PTSD can be severe enough to completely disrupt someone’s life and make it difficult to function normally.
New research is confirming that factors that may contribute to PTSD cause changes in brain function. Often, PTSD will show up as a disruption in the front of the brain. Specifically, it is common to see two competing alpha frequencies in the frontal lobe and slow-rolling waveforms (delta and theta waves) drowning out what should be a single strong alpha frequency. MeRT can help improve brainwave function and thus reduce PTSD symptoms.
For more information about how the Brain Treatment Center in Newport Beach uses MeRT treatment protocols for PTSD, click here.
The MeRT Process for Treating Conditions
MeRT is a non-pharmaceutical and non-invasive treatment protocol that incorporates rTMS. However, TMS is a more generalized approach because it can only target a single location in the brain with one frequency.
The MeRT process begins with sophisticated diagnostics and imaging so we can customize treatment for each patient. We tailor the treatment protocol based on the location, frequency, and amount of power used by the magnet, specific to each person’s unique condition.
We deliver treatment at two-week intervals, then do additional qEEG tests to assess a patient’s progress and modify the treatment as needed.
Using the precise and highly tailored MeRT protocol, we can increase brain communication and synchronization, which can lead to significant and long-lasting improvements.
Watch this video for a demonstration of the MeRT process:
We are an in-network provider with TRICARE. If you have TRICARE insurance, it is possible that your policy may provide coverage for you or a family member, depending on your specific policy and condition.
For all other insurance, we are considered out of network and cannot file an insurance claim on your behalf. We can, however, provide you with the appropriate paperwork at the end of your treatment, which you can submit to your insurance company to see if they will provide you with any reimbursement.
Currently, rTMS is FDA-cleared for Depression and OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder.) Treatment for all other conditions is considered “off-label.”For non-FDA-approved treatment, it is not likely that insurance will provide reimbursement for our protocols.
Some patients have reported that they have been able to receive some reimbursement for EEGs or clinical evaluations. However, this depends on their health coverage.
Unfortunately, we cannot see Medicare patients or Medicaid patients in the clinic.
We take all major credit cards, including Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover.
Care Credit is also an option to help finance medical expenses. This is a credit card that you can use to can cover your medical expenses and services, and they typically offer zero-interest financing for 12 months. Care Credit is a separate company from The Brain Treatment Center in Newport Beach. Usually, when you go to the Care Credit website and apply, they will let you know if approval has been granted.
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