EEG technology can look at your brain directly, in real time, with no side-effects and discover metrics that may be lagging or impaired. Some metrics can be indicators of larger problems, while others may indicate the need to adopt a more brain-healthy lifestyle.
Can the Brain Scan test for Alzheimer’s or Dementia?
Studies show that Alzheimer’s and Dementia patients consistently demonstrate slower brain responsiveness on EEG testing.
A 2012 study on EEG testing for Alzheimer’s/dementia “showed that there is a consensus on a P300 latency increase of elderly patients with Alzheimer's disease compared with subjects without the disease.”
Renata Valle, et al. P300 Latency and Amplitude in Alzheimer's Disease: A Systematic Review, Brazilian Journal of Otorhinolaryngology: Vol. 78, Issue 4, 2012, pgs 126-132.
Nonetheless, it is important to note that the current EEG data does not diagnose Alzheimer’s or Dementia. A lagging score only indicates that the brain is not functioning optimally, but the reason for this remains unknown until further testing is done. An EEG is a great way to screen your brain for the possibility that something may be wrong.
If Your Brain Scan Shows Deficits:
Depending on your EEG scores, we may ask you to perform other standardized questionnaires to gain further insight into your mental state. Based on the results from the complete exam, we may advise you to follow up with your physician, or advise you on brain performance training.
Your first scan will also serve a great baseline from which to measure future brain scans against so you will have objective data from which to determine your personal brain health progression over time.
Can I improve my brain health?The good news is that every measure on the scan is actionable. These measures represent the functional abilities of your brain’s current anatomical and physiological state. Improvements in your brain cell connections and overall physiology can improve your brain’s health and performance.
Need a tune up?
We will take performance metrics of your brain function and then track how exercise, nutrition, and lifestyle can change them.
Brain Reaction Time:
This measure of cognitive processing speed is influenced by both your inherent traits and your current physiological state (which is actionable). Your brain’s reaction time are sensitive to chronic issues such as cardiovascular health, diet, life-sytle habits, exercise and age. Review your EEG with your technician to see if you need to improve your brain reaction time, and how to do it.
Brain Reaction Voltage:This is a measure of cognitive resources devoted to processing a task. It is sensitive to many variables affecting the brain. Review your EEG report with your technician to see which fitness options may help you improve your voltage. Think of improvements in this area as increasing your brain’s horsepower.
Physical Reaction Time:This is a measure of how quickly your brain processes and reacts to stimuli. This can be trained and improved through many different approaches. Think about improvements in this area as being quicker off the starting line.
Muscle Tension:Elevated levels of certain electrical signals on the EEG can be a sign of excessive muscle tension in the neck and jaw. Your technician will review your EEG report with you, and if needed, help you with ways to reduce excessive muscle tension.
Frontal Balance:This represents the brain symmetry of your frontal lobes where emotions are generally processed. Asymmetry in this brain region has been correlated with low mood, anxiety and depression. Review your EEG report with your technician to decide on the best course of action to normalize your frontal brain balance.