EEG/qEEG

Quantitative EEG (qEEG), also called “Brain Mapping,” is an extension of the visual EEG interpretation.  Brain Maps augment our understanding of brain function through identifying the location in which brain waves are dysregulated (dysfunctional).

There are four electrical impulses made by our brain, Delta, Theta, Alpha and Beta, that are called “Frequency Bands”. Frequency bands will be active or inactive, based on your state of mind or your working to complete a given task.Using a qEEG is essential to tailor 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 and avoid simple carbs and sugars before you come in. Our brains perform the best when they are fueled properly. It is fine to take your medications, but we ask that you hold off on taking any stimulants/caffeine until after the procedure. You will leave the procedure with lots of gel in your hair, but we will use a towel to remove as much as we can.

We use EEG technology to inspect brainwaves for any neurological abnormalities. 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.

The EEG recording includes 11 minutes with eyes open and another 11 minutes with eyes closed. Squirming and muscle tension disrupts the recording and requires us to record longer, so it is helpful to remain still and relaxed throughout the procedure.

Once we have the recordings, 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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