Facilities - TMS

If you plan on including TMS in your fMRI study then you must first obtain TMS user certification. The following procedure outlines the steps necessary for becoming a certified TMS operator at the Brain Imaging Center. Forms and documents mentioned/linked in the text below can also be found at the bottom of the page.

First read the following articles and then contact Miguel (mperez1@berkeley.edu) to take the TMS user quiz
1. Rossi et al., Clinical Neurophysiology, 2009 regarding TMS safety
2. Green and Wassermann regarding TMS ethical guidelines
3. Oberman et al 2011 on Theta-burst safety

Fill out the BIC TMS Certification Form. In order to complete the form you must: (1) Obtain adult CPR certification if required for your protocol*, which is offered through the Recreational Sports Facility on campus; (2) Shadow an existing 3T TMS user for 10+ hours; (3) Be listed on an active TMS protocol and become familiar with stimulation protocol designs, and (4) Complete the required Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) training course.

Once you have passed the quiz and filled out the certification form, you will then be given access to book the TMS room for studies via our scheduling software, Calpendo assuming you already have an account. If you do not have a Calpendo account, read though here. At this time, using the TMS facility is free of charge. Though the Brain Imaging Center reserves the right to change this policy at any time.

NOTICE! If you ever experience complications with one of your subjects while using the TMS hardware you must report the incident to me if it involved a possible hardware malfunction. You must also report the incident to the PI of the study and the IRB.

* CPR training is not needed unless CPHS has required it for your specific TMS protocol. If it has been required for a specific protocol then it is the responsibility of the principal investigator to be certain that their researchers are appropriately CPR trained. If you are not the principal investigator and you are uncertain whether CPR training is required then please check with the PI of the project to be sure that you are meeting the protocol's CPHS requirements. As part of your BIC TMS certification you will be required to furnish me with the name of protocol's PI and I will contact them to confirm that either CPR certification is not required for your protocol or that you have received appropriate CPR training if it is required. If you uncertain whether a particular CPR course fulfills the CPHS requirements for your protocol then please contact the PI or Rebecca Armstrong at rda@berkeley.edu.

TMS rigs and their current location:

Magstim Rapid: Tolman Hall G25
Magstim Rapid2: Li Ka-Shing Center B100H
Magstim 200 2: Tolman Hall G35
Magstim Bistim: Tolman Hall G35
MagPro 100x: Li Ka-Shing Center B100E

Polaris cameras and Brainsight systems and their current locations:
Polaris camera with Brainsight 1.0: Tolman Hall G35
Polaris Spectra with brainsight 2.2: Li Ka-Shing Center B100H

Magstim coils and their current location:
1st generation double 70 mm: Tolman Hall G35
2nd generation double 70 mm: Tolman Hall G35
Double 70 mm cooled coil system: Tolman Hall G35
Flat double coil 50 mm: Tolman Hall G35
Air firm coil: Li Ka-Shing Center B100H

MagPro coils and their current location:
MRI-compatible MRi-B91 Coil: Li Ka-Shing Center B100E

Last updated 7/3/2019