Initial Testing and Analysis
Before starting your MeRT treatment, we conduct specific testing and then analyze the results. In essence, these steps ensure we provide the most targeted, personalized treatment possible.
We conduct two tests, both of which are simple and painless:
- Quantitative Electroencephalogram (q-EEG)
- Electrocardiogram (EKG)
This testing measures brain wave frequencies, heart rate, and brain-heart coherence (i.e., how well the heart and brain are communicating).
Once we complete our initial testing, our clinical and scientific teams will review the data. Through this review, we determine your current brain activity and identify areas that may not be performing as well as they should. After this, we can then develop a customized plan that “guides” your treatment through its therapy process.
What is qEEG Testing?
A qEEG is a valuable component of the comprehensive MeRT treatment at the Brain Treatment Center Orlando. Sometimes referred to as “brain mapping,” the qEEG measures electrical activity in the form of brain wave patterns. As a result, the qEEG can show if activity in the brain is too high or too low, and it can reveal how your brain cells are communicating with each other.
The qEEG is completely noninvasive and painless. We simply attach a cap with electrodes to your head, then scan the different areas of your brain to measure electrical impulses. Then, using specialized software, we can see which areas of your brain are functioning as they should, and which may not be functioning optimally.
Each brain is different, so every qEEG is unique to each person. That’s why it’s so important to conduct this test; we can tailor our treatment approach specifically for you to ensure the best possible results.
What is EKG Testing?
While a qEEG measures electrical signals in your brain, an EKG, or Electrocardiogram, measures the electrical signals in your heart. More specifically, we do the EKG along with the qEEG to incorporate the electrical activity of the heart with that of the brain. These tests are done concurrently as they both play an important role in explaining the health and function of the brain.
During an EKG, as with the qEEG, we place electrodes on your body to measure electrical impulses. Specifically, these electrodes are small, plastic patches that stick to the skin, which we use to measure the electrical activity of the heart. Just as with the qEEG, no electricity is sent into the body.
Once we have the qEEG and EKG reports, we then analyze them to see your brain’s pattern of function, detect brain activity, and determine its state of neural synchronization. In other words, by assessing the communication quality between the networks of neurons in your brain, we are informed about how you might be experiencing the world.
We use this information to develop a personalized treatment protocol for you, aimed at encouraging healthy brain communication. This combination of testing and analysis is why MeRT has been so effective for so many people. In essence, MeRT has helped patients restore their brain function, reclaim their lives, and feel passionate about living again.
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