The Brain Treatment Center is an outpatient clinic located in Newport Beach, CA. We specialize in a novel, non-invasive treatment regime for Autism that has been shown to greatly help in treating and reducing symptoms.
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Frequently Asked Questions:
We treat autism with MRT (Magnetic Resonance Therapy) which is intended to reduce sensory overload in the brain. MRT is a noninvasive and painless treatment. The treatments are guided by EEG and biometric data gathered during the initial visit. An EEG is brain scan that shows how effectively the brain can process incoming sensory information.
Every brain is different, and this must be taken into account when treatment is given. Response is variable. However, the treatment works to improve how the brain processes incoming sensory information in addition to how it communicates this information. With autism the goal is to allow the brain to settle in a more calm state so that it can attend to and interact with the outside world without being overtaxed. Additionally, as ASD is a spectrum disorder and every brain is unique, one patient may improve in one area while another patient improve in a different area. It is also possible for a patient to not improve at all.
We have treated over 200 patients under the age of 12 and have not seen any significant negative side effects.
We do not bill insurance directly. You are encouraged to file for reimbursement on your own, or using a trusted 3rd party. The cost for the initial EEG and evaluation is $1,000. If it is determined that MRT may help, then we will do a trial of 4 MRT sessions, a second EEG, and a second evaluation at no charge. After the 4 MRT trial period, if we interpret the results from the second EEG to show improvement and the family notices progress, then we can opt to continue MRT treatment for the next 2 to 4 months. The cost per month is $11,500.
For the trial week, there are a total of 4 MRT sessions along with 2 EEGs, 2 EEG Reviews, and 2 Clinical Evaluations. For the full month of treatment there are 20 MRT sessions, 2 EEGs, 2 EEG Reviews, and 2 Clinical Evaluations. Each appointment is approximately 30 minutes, however depends greatly on the cooperation of the patient.
Best responders to therapy receive on average 44 sessions. Some patients stay for a longer or shorter duration, however average therapy timeline is approximately 2-4 months. Patients from out of state should plan accordingly.
For each magnetic pulse, patients feel a sensation similar to a finger tap on the scalp. Additionally, the scalp may feel a tingling sensation during the treatment. Although MRT stimulates cells in the brain, there is no sensation felt by the brain from this stimulation. In some cases, the MRT may be placed over a muscle or muscle group on the head, which may be uncomfortable for the patient, as stimulation will cause the muscle to contract this is avoided when possible.
In our experience, response durability is related to the number of MRT sessions administered. If only given one week of treatment, any changes seen may disappear in 2 to 4 weeks time. When given additional stimulation from two weeks to a month, this durability increases exponentially. Each brain is different however, and rate of response as well as the power of the response may vary by patient. With the addition of maintenance sessions or continued treatment, both response power and durability have a greater opportunity to improve. If your child responds to the trial we will continue treatment for the next 2 to 4 months.
Based on a retrospective case-report evaluation, studied at the Brain Treatment Center of Newport Beach, CA, the following pertains to individuals with ASD. 1 in 2 individuals experienced a 7-point improvement on their CARS scores corresponding to a significant change in severity of the ASD. 70% of individuals with sleep disturbances restored their sleep pattern to normal. 66% of individuals with communication difficulties, in both verbal and non-verbal characteristics experienced improvement. 70% of individuals with communication difficulty maintaining eye-contact experienced improved eye-contact behavior. 50% of individuals with diminished learning capacity experienced improvement.
MRT has mild side effects, if any. One possible side effect is a tension headache. This can be caused by the stimulation of muscles in the forehead or on the skull under the area of MRT stimulation. These muscles become sore if they are repetitively stimulated, just as your bicep would become sore if curling weights for an extended period of time. These tension headaches disappear after 2-3 days of treatment as the patient becomes more acclimated to stimulation. A second possible side effect is an increase in energy. One of the neural pathways that MRT stimulates is the nigro-striatal pathway, which leads to the release of the neurotransmitter, dopamine. The increase of dopamine in the brain leads to more energy and awareness. In some cases, children may become hyper in response to this.
Hyperactivity in response to this dopamine normalizes after several days of MRT. If used improperly and outside of accepted treatment protocol, seizure may occur with TMS, but not MRT. The few reported cases of seizures in individuals undergoing TMS; were either before accepted stimulation guidelines were set, or it was determined that the seizure would have occurred if no treatment had been done. Published studies can be provided on request that have shown TMS treatment to be safe for adolescents. However, when used within proper guidelines, seizure risk and occurrence is negligible. There are no known cases of MRT causing seizures. In fact, MRT has been used to reduce seizures.
There have been no reports of permanent damage from trying MRT. Brain activity shifts when exposed to MRT, but only after many sessions of MRT is a more permanent shift seen. If any of these changes are negative, simply discontinuing treatment is enough to allow the brain to shift back to a pre-MRT state.
The brain stimulation delivered at BTC uses rTMS that is cleared by the FDA for peripheral nerve stimulation, but the method and indication for use in the MRT procedure have not been cleared by the FDA and are therefore considered Off Label. Parents will be asked to verify that either they have been unsuccessful at treating the disorder using conventional therapies (like drugs), or they are not willing to try those therapies.
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