Brain Mapping and QEEG
QEEG technology allows the mapping of brainwave activity to see where there is too little or too much activity, as well as identifying areas within the brain that are coordinating with each other effectively. Results from the brainwave recording of an individual are compared to large normative databases to examine typical and atypical brain activity. Abnormal brainwave activity can be used to predict or explain symptoms. This can be useful for developing treatment recommendations and discriminating between diagnoses.
Examining brainwave activity gives us access and insight into what's driving the symptoms that are more easily observed by clients and significant others in their lives. The FDA approved a neurodiagnostic device called the NEBA in 2013 to aid specifically in the identification of ADHD. Our QEEG brain mapping is similar, but instead of just recording brain activity in one part of the brain, we examine brain activity throughout the entire brain. Follow this link to our blog for a couple clinical examples of how whole brain mapping has helped us treat clients.
At Brainsight, we're excited to be using state of the art dry EEG technology from Cognionics. In the past, QEEG recordings required caps that were wired to a machine and required lots of preparation, including pastes and electrolytic gels, to ensure quality recordings. Getting a cap fitted to an individual could easily take 30-45 minutes, and when they were done, clients would have a mess of conductive paste and gel on their foreheads and in their hair. With our new wireless, dry EEG headset (like the one pictured above), we can get the cap in place and start recording brainwave activity in 2-4 minutes without any messy gels or paste to clean up afterwards.
More information on the science that supports QEEG interventions is available on the resources page.