Reconstructing conductive phenomena induced in heterogeneous brain tissue by Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS).

Toschi N.

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We solve the bioelectromagnetic problem of TMS over a realistic head model based on multimodal neuroimaging. We use Monte-Carlo methods to investigate the dependence of stimulation outcome on tissue type, geometry, and conductivity tensor size and shape on a voxel- and vertex-wise level. Conductivity anisotropy plays an important role in introducing uncertainty, and the complex folding patterns of the human brain play a significant role in shaping not stimulation patterns in space and their susceptibility to uncertainties in model parameters. We validate our results in humans and show a dose-response relationship of TMS when used for treating major depression.

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