A qEEG (Quantitative Electroencephalogram) is a non-invasive and safe diagnostic tool that measures electrical activity in the form of brain wave patterns.
Let’s talk about your brain.
The brain is incredible. With over 80 billion nerve cells, the human brain controls everything we think, feel and do.
When the brain is working well, we go about our lives without paying much attention to this amazing organ. However, if the brain becomes imbalanced, symptoms such as depression, anxiety, poor focus, etc., remind us how much our brain impacts our quality of life.
While it’s understood most mental health conditions originate in the brain, diagnoses are typically given without any diagnostic testing. This approach often results in misdiagnosis and poor treatment outcomes.
At MotlMD, we offer a comprehensive approach to mental health treatment that includes brain scanning. This allows us to more accurately diagnose your condition and provide personalized treatment based on scientific testing.
What is qEEG (Quantitative Electroencephalogram)?
As you read this, the nerve cells, called neurons, in your brain are firing off electrical pulses that form brain waves. The qEEG is a diagnostic scan that records and analyzes these brain waves and helps objectively diagnose your symptoms.
When you come to the center, you will receive a qEEG scan as part of your initial assessment. The results of your scan will be used to determine your diagnosis and guide treatment.
Who can benefit from qEEG?
At MotlMD, we only use scans that are non-invasive and safe. While some tests emit harmful radiation, the qEEG does not emit any radiation and can be used safely on anyone, regardless of age. Having a qEEG scan helps identify brain wave patterns associated with many conditions, including:
- Panic Disorder
- Bipolar Disorder
- Sleep issues
- TBI or concussions
QEEG is also useful when it comes to treatment. By identifying which areas of the brain have too much or too little activity, your provider can better assess what treatments to recommend and which ones to avoid. If you have struggled with medication or supplement recommendations in the past, qEEg is one way to more accurately assess which treatments would be most beneficial for your condition.
What to expect during your qEEG scan
The qEEG is a safe, painless procedure. When you arrive for your scan, an EEG cap is gently placed on your head. This cap contains electrodes that sit on your scalp and read the electrical activity of your brain.
The qEEG does not interfere with the functioning of your brain but acts as a recording device. This recording is then analyzed, and a brain map is created. This map shows where your brain functions normally and where it might be over-functioning or under-functioning.
By comparing your brain patterns to a database containing thousands of qEEG scans, our team can more accurately diagnose your symptoms and suggest treatment to correct your brain imbalances.
Three months after your initial scan, you will return to our clinic for a follow-up qEEG. This allows us to see which brain patterns have improved and which may require additional treatment.
Choosing MotlMD for your qEEG scan
At MotlMD, qEEG is one component of our comprehensive treatment approach. We view symptoms through multiple diagnostic lenses to better understand the underlying cause of your symptoms. We use this information to personalize your treatment and restore both your mind and body to balance.
Better outcomes start with the right diagnosis, and we would love the opportunity to show you how our approach can help!
News and Research on qEEG
- QEEG profiles of psychiatric disorders (NIH.gov)
- The Role of Quantitative EEG in the Diagnosis of Neuropsychiatric Disorders (NIH.gov)
- Take a deep dive and learn about brainwaves! (BrainworksNeurotherapy.com)
- Calgary’s Neurvana Health maps your brain to deliver results-based wellness solutions (LivewireCalgary.com)
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