What is a qEEG
A qEEG is a subjective, diagnostic tool used to show your brain’s electrical activity.
A qEEGs is a painless, diagnostic test that records the electrical activity of your brain. It has no side-effects and is useful for determining brain related conditions such as attention disorders, anxiety, depression, stroke, tumor, head injury, memory difficulties and seizures.
Reasons you are asked to have a qEEG could be you have tried and failed medications and want a more definitive answer, unsure of your current diagnosis, you are having trouble remembering, you want a subjective test before starting medication, you would like to test the efficacy of your current medication.
A qEEG is a non-invasive procedure that takes about 3 hours. Your head is measured, and individual sensors, called electrodes are placed upon your head based on the specific measurements found. An electrode will also be placed on each ear lobe, and one electrode to your chest for recording your heartbeat. We do not use caps, but individual electrodes at IPD.
You are asked to go through a set of tasks. Eyes closed, eyes open, 3 computerized tests, deep breathing and sleep.
We will also record while you use a laptop to interact with some computer-generated sounds and shapes.
Next, you will be asked to do some deep breathing for about three minutes, and lastly, you will rest in the recliner with your eyes closed for about twenty minutes. During that time, we would like you to be comfortable and relaxed, and if possible, take a brief nap. When the testing is complete, the technologist will remove the electrodes and try to remove most of the paste.
At home, any remaining paste can be removed by shampooing with warm water. It will take about ten days to analyze your data and write a report, so please schedule your follow-up appointment to discuss your results after that time. This information will aid in development of appropriate interventions that are tailored to your needs. If you have any other questions, please feel free to call the office or ask your technologist before the test.
By doing these tasks Dr Konopka can see how your brain functions. A qEEG can indicate things such as ADHD, depression, dementia, anxiety, seizure activity and past brain injuries.