Brain mapping, also called neuroimaging or quantitative electroencephalography (qEEG), is a neuroscientific application of technology that provides information about the functioning of the brain. Unlike imaging techniques, such as MRI, which reveal information about brain structure only, brain mapping reveals information about the brain’s connectivity and communication, providing information about the brain’s specific strengths and weaknesses.
Brain mapping identifies the source of psychological issues, not just the symptoms. Mental health problems such as depression, anxiety, or hyperactivity are caused by numerous sources, involving different brain networks.
Brain mapping (qEEG) measures electrical activity of the brain. It provides complex analysis of such brainwave characteristics as symmetry, phase, coherence, amplitude, power and dominant frequency. The processed EEG is converted into color maps of brain functioning called “Brain maps”. The EEG and the derived qEEG information is interpreted and used as aclinical tool to evaluate brain function, and to track the changes in brain function. The findings relayed through a computer are compared to a normative database consisting of brain map recordings of several hundred healthy individuals. Comparisons are displayed as Z scores, which represent standard deviations from the norm. The primary use of brain mapping is to examine patterns of brainwaves and help understand the dynamics and function of the clients brain.
The procedure is a three-part process, which entails:
- Initial visit and intake, including 20 minutes of EEG recording; During this process, we read and understand the “raw data,” (the “squiggles” that are the brainwaves). Then, we remove all “artifact” (eye movements, much muscle tension, etc.).
- EEG Analysis: The amplitude, frequency and relationships between different areas of the cortex are analyzed then measured statistically by the software (see below) and presented—in quantified form—as “brain maps.” Your EEG is compared to a reference database of other EEGs.
- Report work up
- Delivery of final Quantitative EEG Report.
At NeuRmind, we utilize Neuroguide and NeuroField pEMF.
NeuroGuide is the most informative and comprehensive Conventional EEG and QEEG analysis system available. This robust neurofeedback and qEEG system is an important component of this practice and is very much the gold standard in brain mapping.
The latest brain research tells us that the degree to which brain areas work together in networks (termed coherence) is as important as the function of the brain areas themselves.
LORETA z-score Neurofeedback which is the most cutting edge system available, allows us to train areas beneath the surface – previously impossible. This means we can get better results with fewer sessions. The system was designed by a world leader in brain research, Dr. Robert Thatcher. http://www.appliedneuroscience.com
The NeuroField (pEMF) system is a variable DC stimulation device that is designed to reduce stress and energetically balance the human body. NeuroField is designed to re-charge damaged molecular systems, which in turn, allows the body to engage in its own restorative systems so as to return to a balanced homeostatic state. The natural healing wisdom of the human body is complex, adaptive, fluid and intelligent. NeuroField was invented by Dr. Nicholas Dogris. http://www.neurofield.org