Quantitative electroencephalography, or qEEG, involves recording brainwave patterns and then performing statistical analysis on the raw waveforms. The recorded brainwaves are compared to a normative population in a database matched for their age and gender. This comparison provides valuable information about the nature of an individuals’ neurology and overall brain health. QEEG recordings possess the capability to take a “snapshot” of your brain function that can be quantified and analyzed and then kept on file to be compared against in the future. This process can be useful for multiple reasons.
Recordings taken at the onset of treatment or at the beginning of a new treatment regimen can be used to determine some general functional and neurological properties of the individuals brain and also serve as a marker to be compared against in the future to help accurately measure progress and to determine precisely whether the brain is moving towards or away from health and efficiency. Pharmacologically, certain qEEG properties can rule in or rule out some broad categories of medications and pre-post qEEG comparisons can help determine if any given medication regimen is moving the brain towards health and balance as compared to their own baseline recording.
Although qEEG recordings and analysis are only one piece of the puzzle, they can and should be standard at the onset of treatment for many. QEEG analysis and brain mapping is a convenient and reliable way of examining various aspects of the brain’s properties and functions so that treatment can be more individualized and progress can be more accurately monitored.