Why is it important?
Quantitative EEG or qEEG, is non-invasive assessment method that consists of the recording and interpretation of voltage fluctuations generated by the brain along the scalp. qEEG is used widely in scientific research and in clinical practice. Our clinic has used qEEG since 2010 as an assessment tool for pre/post treatment for the Neurofeedback therapy and when deciding on effectiveness of medications. We had pleasure to work under the supervision of the world leading qEEG diplomat Jay Gunkelman who had since evaluated more than 500,000 qEEG. We have an accredited qEEG diplomat who since 2010 had assessed hundreds of qEEG and have assisted clients to better understand their symptoms and suggest more effective treatment.
How long does a qEEG assessment take?
qEEG Assessments last usually between 1.5 and 2 hours.
Before the qEEG
When you make an appointment with us, we will send you a questionaire. this should be completed and emailed back to ClinicEEG@anfi.org.au prior to the qEEG assessment.
As your cooperation is very important and in order for us to get a good measure of your brain activity please follow the steps below:
- Please make sure you get enough sleep the night before.
- Make sure your hair is washed and dried the day before your appointment.
- Do not put any gel or heavy hair products such as conditioner on your hair.
- Make sure you had something to eat before the assessment.
- Do not consume any caffeinated drinks (i.e. colas, energy drinks, tea, coffee, etc) or any food that contains these products at least 2 hours before the assessment.
Please arrive on time. Failure to arrive promptly may result in an incomplete assessment or the need for further sessions.
It is important the night before the assessment you do not consume any alcohol or recreational drugs, however you should always continue taking any medications as prescribed by your doctor. Do not make any changes in this regard for the qEEG assessment.
During the qEEG
Your qEEG technician will ask you to complete a written consent to do the QEEG and that you agree to us use the data confidentially for research and training purposes. You will be asked some additional questions about how you are feeling that day, and whether you are prepared to do the QEEG.
When you come to the office you will be asked to sit in a comfortable chair and will be given a colourful EEG recording cap to wear, similar to a swimming cap.
This cap will fit quite tight around your head. The clip-on sensors will be placed on your ears.
The EEG cap has many sensors on it and each sensor has a hole in the middle. The EEG technician will apply a special gel through these holes in the sensors.
The gel will touch the skin on your scalp through the holes to enable the electrodes within the cap to make contact with the electrical pulses our brains normally produce.
You will be asked to relax your muscles while the sensors will be measuring your brain wave activity during the recording.
It is important that you are still during the EEG recording to enable a good quality recording for the analysis. If you move too much during the recording, it might be hard to do the analysis of your EEG.
If needed we might ask you to do a simple activity, or just rest with your eyes open and then with your eyes closed. It is important for you to be able to follow these instructions.
Note to parents
Parents can stay in the room during the assessment to assist if their child is doing the QEEG and to make them more comfortable.
Make sure you tell your child what will happen during the appointment to prepare then and pack a snack for your trip here and a treat for after the appointment.
Please bring any comfort toys, favourite books, iPad, DVD or anything that will keep your child calm during the recording. This can be used during the initial set up time, but will need to be taken away during the recording if the child fidgets with it.