Robotized Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) Coil Positioning System

Robotized TMS is a novel approach in the application for image guided transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS).

SmartMove allows planning of a complete stimulation session ahead by defining stimulation sites based on anatomical MRI information and functional information like fMRI, PET or EEG/MEG. During the execution of the TMS stimulation sequence, the system places the coil at the predefined target positions and keeps the coil in place even if the head of the patient/subject moves.

The robotic system is able to define stimulation targets based on the individual anatomy of the brain. Based on the intended target, it calculates the optimal position of the TMS coil. Because of the optical position sensor the system is provided with, movements of the patient’s head are constantly monitored. When the patient’s head moves, the position and the orientation of the TMS coil are adjusted accordingly. SmartMove is able to perform a wide range of tasks, from the simple maintenance of the TMS coil at the intended target to the definition and performance of complex stimulation protocols.


SmartMove is currently applied in a number of research labs, in studies ranging from cognitive research to precise mapping of motor cortex locations in animal studies.

ey features
  • Highly accurate automatic positioning of TMS coil.
  • Easy target and grid definition.
  • Placement of the coil tangentially to the head.
  • After the target is reached, the coil is kept at the desired position and targeting precision information is displayed to the user.
  • Head movement compensation.
  • Defining of entire stimulation protocols.
  • Repetition of previous stimulation target positions.
  • Online mapping of evoked responses based on user given values.
  • Compatible with all TMS stimulation, including Magstim and Magventure.

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