EEG/qEEG

Quantitative EEG (qEEG), also called “Brain Mapping,” is an extension of the analysis of the visual EEG interpretation, which may assist and even augment our understanding of the EEG and brain function. Brain mapping identifies the brain waves and locations in the brain where dysregulation (dysfunction) are present.

There are four divisions of electrical impulses made by our brain, Delta, Theta, Alpha and Beta that are called “Frequency Bands”. These Frequency Bands tell us which parts of your brain are active and which frequency bands the brain should be using to complete a given task, activity or should be most active during different states of mind.

Using a qEEG is essential to tailoring a therapy approach specific to the patient. The qEEG data is used by our team of clinicians, a Neurologist, and an Electroencephalographer to assess where dysregulation is present in the brain. We are then able to compare your symptoms to the findings in the reports, allowing us to treat you instead of just your symptoms.

EEG Procedure:

We ask that you arrive with clean hair/scalp without any hair product. It is important that you eat a protein filled meal before you come in and avoid simple carbs and sugars. Our brains perform the best when they are fueled properly. It is fine to take your medications, but ask that you hold off taking any stimulants/caffeine until after the procedure. FYI you will be leaving the procedure with lots of gel in your hair, but we will use a towel to get out as much as we can.

We use EEG technology to help us look at the brainwaves and see if there are any neurological causes for symptoms. It’s a non-invasive procedure that can take up to an hour depending on how still and relaxed you are.

To perform an EEG, we will apply ear clips and a cap. The cap will have 19 sites that will be filled with a water-based electro-gel using a syringe. The gel must touch the scalp to create a connection.  Some people with hypersensitive heads may find this uncomfortable, but most people find it to be painless.

If the individual has a hypersensitive scalp, we may need to do a few practice rounds before we do the actual qEEG. We can also send a cap home so the individual can take the time to get used to the feeling.

We need a total of 11 minutes of EEG recording with eyes open and another 11 minutes with eyes closed. Squirming and muscle tension causes disruption in the EEG, and requires us to record longer so it is helpful to remain still and relaxed throughout the procedure.

Once we have the recordings that we need, we send the data off to a group of neurologists to look for any abnormalities. Your report should be ready in about a week, and then we will discuss our next steps based on your data and results.

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