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Image of brain scanning equipment.

Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation (tDCS)

Transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) is a form of neurostimulation that uses a constant, low current that is delivered to various areas of the brain using electrodes placed on the scalp. tDCS has the potential to create long-lasting beneficial changes in critical neural networks. To date, tDCS has been explored in healthy populations as well as in patient populations in various fields of medicine, such as:

  • Neuro rehabilitation
  • Pain management
  • Neuropsychiatry

At MUSC, we have one of the National Institutes of Health-funded Centers for Biomedical Research Excellence (COBRE) and we are examining how use of tDCS after stroke may help in motor recovery.