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qEEG Frequently Asked Questions

What Is Quantitative EEG (QEEG)?

This objective measure, known as QEEG or Reference EEG, lets your doctor know what brain profile you have and what medications are most effective relative to your brain profile and treatment considerations. This comprehensive report will provide your physician with information to help in making the correct diagnosis and medication choices.

Q. Does It Hurt?
A. No! The procedure is completely painless
Q. What Will Happen? What Will The Test Be Like?
A. The therapist will ask you to sit in a comfortable chair. She will then place a cap on your head. The electrodes are attached to the scalp by means of a paste than can be washed off with warm water after the recording. The EEG recording is non-invasive. During the recording you will be asked to close your eyes and remain still, minimize head movement, eye blinks, and jaw movements. You need to stay awake and alert during the test.
Q. Am I Allowed To Eat Anything?
A. You may eat before the test. You should limit fluid intake two hours before the test. Do not drink alcohol for 3 days prior to the test. No diet drinks and limit caffeine the day of the test.
Q. How Long Will It Take?
A. The test usually takes between 1 and 1 1/2 hours. The length of the test depends on how still and alert you can remain during the recording period.
Q. Should I Do Anything Special Before The Test?
A. Get a good nights sleep in the evening before the test. The morning of the test, wash your hair with shampoo that does not contain creme rinse or conditioner additives. Make sure your hair is dry and not braided. Do not use gels or hair spray.
Q. Do I Sleep During the Test?
A. The test requires that you remain awake and alert. Try to have a good night's sleep the evening before the examination
Q. What kinds of things are identified with QEEG?
A. ADD, LD, OCD, Depression, Bipolar Disorder, Head Injury, Abnormal EEG Generalize, Dementia, Stroke and Anxiety.
Q. What should I Bring With Me?
A. Copies of previous testing, medical reports, psycho-educational assessment, and a list of current medications, herbs or other supplements being taken.
Q. What About Taking My Medications?
A. Your complete medication status will be recorded with the EEG technician including prescribed and over-the-counter medications, alcohol, tobacco, vitamins, nutritional supplements, and herbal agents. Please have this information easily available. Be sure to consult your doctor about whether or not you should take your medication(s) prior to the exam.
Q. How is the analysis performed?
A. First, the raw EEG is reviewed and then a Normative Database is used to compare your results with the individuals your age. Next, the Normative EEG is compared to appropriate disorder profiles.

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