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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What is a Baslyne brain scan?

Baslyne utilizes an electroencephalogram (EEG) scan which presents information covering multiple views of the brain, including traditional tests in conjunction with EEG and evoked response. The EEG and analytical software system allow access to brain function in real-time using a 19 channel portable qEEG and an auditory evoked related potential that obtains a P300 voltage measurement, reaction time measurements, trail making, and coherence measurements.

 

EEG is positioned to be one of the most robust and comprehensive sources for brain health analysis in the world used to evaluate the electrical activity in the brain.


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How is a Baslyne brain scan administered?

It is a safe, painless, and non-invasive that tracks and records brain wave patterns using electrodes that are in contact with the scalp. Brain cells communicate with each other through electrical impulses and electrodes analyze impulses in the brain and send signals to a computer that records the results to help detect potential problems associated with abnormal patterns in brain activity.

 

The scan is done using a portable headset with saline-soaked cloth type scalp electrodes (no needles) and a laptop computer with a mouse. It can be administered by trained techs such as college students or trainers. 

 

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How do you prepare for a Baslyne brain scan?

We are hoping to capture the most “normal” brain activity in a normalized state. Please try and get a good night's sleep, refrain from physical activity and sweating.  Do not consume anything that may affect brain activity results (excessive caffeine, stay away from energy drinks etc…) It is recommended to wear comfortable clothes and shoes. Participants will be asked to remove phones, earrings, headbands, hair-ties, or anything that may interfere with the scan.


Participants will be asked a series of health and demographic questions during the intake form: Have you ever been hospitalized or had medical imaging done for a head injury? What medications have been taken in the last 24 hours? All relevant health conditions? Current weight? Number of caffeinated drinks in the last 24 hours? Hours of sleep in the last 24 hours? Hours since the last meal? (Female) Days since last. cycle?

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How long is a Baslyne brain scan session?

The Baslyne brain scan session typically takes 25-35 minutes to complete. The EEG scan is a 4-minute eyes-closed EEG audio session. A painless and non-invasive process—no needles or x-ray exposure. We use a Paul Mitchell hair conditioner as our conductive gel.

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What are some advantages of using brain scans?

1. The scan is portable, easy to administer and provides reliable, reproducible data.
 

2. The qEEG and the P300, in particular, is a reproducible value that cannot be gamed or cheated. The P300 is reproducible +/- 12% test-retest. The P300 measures cortical brain activity elicited using an auditory oddball paradigm. It is measured most strongly by electrodes on the scalp over the parietal lobes. It has been studied in neurophysiologic research since the mid-1960s, often as a metric of decision making and cognitive function.


3. Dramatically improve the understanding and quality of care over time with the ability to collect a large number of scans with the attached clinical information that can then be analyzed with machine learning/analytics/AI as well as standard scientific methods.

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​Can a diagnosis be made from the results from a Baslyne brain scan session?

NO.  The examinations associated with the scan report are not suitable for making a diagnosis but can provide useful information. Medical diagnosis is made only by physicians in a clinical setting. The EEG headset is cleared for use in routine clinical and research settings where rapid placement of a number of EEG electrodes are desired. 

 

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How are brain scan results shared?

Electronic. An email will be sent to the email address associated with the account including a PDF results report. Reports contain brain measurement data from the EEG brain scan. This is healthcare information that will only be shared with you. All health records and data are under HIPPA compliance as information and data sharing will be performed securely with expressed written permission.

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What does it mean if scan results are out of the reference range target?

Results indicate that brain activity is not the average “normal” based on demographics. If the results are concerning, we suggest further follow-up by a physician.

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How do I get a brain scan with Baslyne?

Book a scanning event - Schedule a brain scan event for your team or group. You will receive an event toolkit with information on booking your brain scan event. Online fundraising page available to customize and share with friends and family to donate and fund your scan event. 

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When should I get a brain scan?

Yearly Screening - It is recommended to receive a baseline every year to capture the development of brain function and follow brain wellness.

 

Concussion Protocol - The baseline scan is meant to be a baseline to compare with future scan evaluations following a concussive impact incident.​ A baseline brain scan is obtained before the start of the season/practice mainly to assess brain recovery after a concussion. When a concussion is suspected, it is diagnosed by a physician with current techniques such as the CRT and SCAT5, BESS, ImPACT, and VOMS. A follow-up brain scan is then performed within 24-48 hrs. Current concussion care is instituted and then a repeat scan is done for return to play/return to learn.

Treatment- The baseline scan is intended to be a baseline to compare with future scan evaluations to track intervening treatment protocols.​ Brain scans used alongside treatment and research protocols show the effects of interventions with objective measurements. 

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