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BRAIN SCANS

An electroencephalogram (EEG) is a test used to evaluate the electrical activity in the brain. It is a safe, painless, and non-invasive procedure, with no needle or x-ray exposure, that tracks and records brain wave patterns using electrodes which are attached to the scalp with wires. 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. 

Quantitative EEG (qEEG) is the analysis of the digitized EEG. Often called “Brain Mapping”, the process where EEG is commonly converted into color topographs. It enables a visual of a unique pattern of mental strengths and weaknesses - areas of the brain where there is too little or too much activity, and areas that are not coordinating their activity the best they could. The qEEG is an extension of the analysis of the visual EEG interpretation which may assist and even augment our understanding of the EEG and measuring brain function. A qEEG can identify not only brainwaves, their amplitude, location and whether these patterns are typical or anomalous, but also coherence (quality of communication between regions), phase (thinking speed), and network integration. These are all crucial patterns involved in optimal mental function​.

MEASUREENTS

Better objective screening tools are needed for personal health and wellness. EEG technology gives doctors a more accurate picture of a patient’s brain health and is positioned to be one of the most robust and comprehensive sources for brain health analysis in the world.

The qEEG and the P300, in particular, is a reproducible values 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.

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Collaboration with administration and professionals to build concussion protocol standards and provide an objective measurement of brain physiology to help in their return-to-play decisions and included as common practice in annual sports physicals. Focus on both improving mental function and preventing a premature mental decline through longitudinal data advances and better brain wellness screening tools can be developed and included as common practice in annual health physicals. 

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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