QEEG for Traumatic Brain Injury
Why get a Quantitative Electroenephalogram (qEEG) for possible Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) or concussion?
At Behavioral Associates, we recommend getting a qEEG brain scan as soon as possible following a head injury to provide insight to the extent and location of the injury. For participants of high impact sports, the qEEG can be a valuable tool for tracking potential brain trauma over time.
Symptoms of brain injury or concussion may go unnoticed at first, but can appear later and worsen over time. TBI can have long lasting impacts on memory and speech, often presenting with co-morbid depression, anxiety and mood disorders. A scan is particularly important if you have experienced the following:
- Repeat head blows from impact sports
- Other sports injury
- Car accident
- Incidents of falling
- Other head trauma
Sports Injury Prevention
For athletes of high impact sports such as football and soccer (heading the ball is a leading cause of TBI), Dr. Robert Reiner of Behavioral Associates recommends getting a qEEG brain scan before and after your season to monitor possible damage. While abnormalities may not show immediately, especially in the case of repeat blows to the head, damage may develop over time so follow-up brain scans are important.
What is Traumatic Brain Injury?
TBI occurs when trauma causes damage to the brain. It can occur when the head suddenly and violently hits an object, when an object pierces the skull and enters brain tissue or through repeat impacts to the skull. Symptoms of a TBI can be mild, moderate, or severe, depending on the extent of the damage to the brain.
Symptoms of TBI include:
- Loss of consciousness
- Blurred vision or tired eyes
- Ringing in the ears
- Bad taste in mouth
- Fatigue or lethargy
- Change in sleep patterns
- Behavioral or mood changes
- Memory problems
- Difficulty concentrating, paying attention or thinking
What is a qEEG?
A qEEG is a detailed analysis of brain activity known as “brainmapping.” It can be performed to understand the extent and location of the brain injury, obtain an accurate diagnosis and establish baseline information to track changes over time (both positive and negative).
The qEEG is performed through sensors that are attached to the inner surface of a cap that is prepped with special conductive gel and put on the head of the patient. After scanning, the computer generates geographically displayed images which can be compared to published databases to check for deviations from normal patterns and evaluated as to whether it contains any patterns known to be associated with clinical conditions.
Treatment for TBI
Your clinician will use the qEEG results to identify the extent and location of the injury and develop a treatment plan, which may include neurofeedback, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy or a referral to a neurologist.
Contact us or call our office at (212) 860-8500 to learn more about qEEG for Traumatic Brain Injury.