Quantitative EEG, or “brain mapping” is a way of assessing the operation and functionality of the client’s brain with the comparison of normative and clinical databases, and the processing of 20 minutes of brainwaves (EEG) recording. EEG is the measurement, using digital technology, of electrical patterns at the surface of the scalp which primarily reflect brainwave activity on the cortex (the “bark” of the brain). Neurotherapists use this knowledge to adjust cerebral function towards ideals with operant conditioning, counseling, and neuromodulation. Brain mapping is analyzing the electrical activity or “brainwaves.”
How does it work?
The procedure is a four-part process, which entails:
- Initial visit and intake, including 20 minutes of EEG recording; During this process, we read and understand the “raw data,” (the “squiggles” that are the brainwaves). Then, we remove all “artifact” (eye movements, much muscle tension, etc.).
- EEG Analysis: The amplitude, frequency and relationships between different areas of the cortex are analyzed then measured statistically by the software (NeuroGuide-see below) and presented—in quantified form—as “brain maps.” Your EEG is compared to a reference database of other EEGs.
- Report work up
- Delivery of final Quantitative EEG Report.
*The report work-up include the consultation of comprehensive databases, depending on the client’s desire and clinician’s recommendations. The final report is approximately 40 pages in length, complete with summary page, explanatory pictures, graphics, and terminology that is accessible for the layperson, yet true to scientific form. The composition of the report often entails 3-5 hours of additional research. It may be recommended that the qEEG be combined with other medical, psychological and neuropsychological data to best aid the patient.
NeuroGuide is a deluxe is the most informative and comprehensive Conventional EEG and qEEG analysis system available. This robust neurofeedback and qEEG system is an important component of this practice and is very much the gold standard in brain mapping.
Frequently Asked Questions about the qEEG
Does it hurt?
No, the procedure is completely painless.
Will my head be shaved?
Will I be shocked by the electrodes?
Will I be injected with anything?
No! The EEG recording is completely non-invasive.
May I eat before the test?
Yes. You should limit fluid and food intake 2 hours before the test.
DO NOT DRINK ALCOHOL FOR AT LEAST 24 HOURS PRIOR TO THE TEST.
How long will the actual test take?
Approximately 15 minutes. The length of the test depends on how still and alert you can remain during testing. The preparation for the test will take approximately 20 minutes, therefore, the total time in office is about 60 minutes, and we book an hour for the process.
Should I do anything special before the test?
Have a good night’s sleep the evening before. On the morning of the test wash and dry your hair thoroughly.
DO NOT USE HAIR SPRAY, MOUSSE, ETC. These products will make the scalp slick and the electrodes will not stick. Dry your hair completely and do not braid it.
Limit caffeine intake to 1 cup of coffee or tea 2 hours prior to the testing and try not to smoke tobacco.
What about medications?
Follow your doctor’s instructions. He may want you to discontinue some or all medications. Do not take any over the counter medications such as aspirin, antihistamines, ibuprofen, Tylenol, nasal sprays, cough medicine, allergy medication, analgesics, herbs, neutraceuticals, food supplements, amino acids, or other related products. If you are in doubt please call your doctor’s office. Also, do not take any street drugs by any means (smoke, injection, orally, etc.) for several days before the test. If you do, the test will need to be cancelled.