Treating your brain’s hubs with a magnet

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Visual hallucinations (VH) are conscious visual perceptions that occur in the absence of an external physical stimulus. Some patients may have VH that are so frequent or disturbing that they seek treatment for these. In this paper in the journal Brain Stimulation, Azzurra Invernizzi and colleagues, propose a new method to find the best location in the brain of a patient to apply Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS), which can reduce VH. The method determines the most relevant “hubs” in the brain network that are associated with the VH, which can subsequently be treated with TMS. The study shows, in a single case, that the methods has a positive effect and reduced VH frequency. Want to know more? Read the paper here.

Brain hubs (red and blue dots) during visual hallucinations identified with fast Eigen Vector Centrality Mapping can be used to optimally treat patients with Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation.