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Brain Mapping


What is a Brain Map?

Quantitative electroencephalography (QEEG), also known as Brain Mapping, is a procedure that records electrical activity from the brain via electrodes. This tool allows us to view your brain activity and tells us which parts of your brain are functioning normally and which parts are functioning abnormally. Brain mapping is often used as a diagnostic tool for conditions such as Autism, Depression, Anxiety, Obsessive/Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD/ADHD), Migraines/Headaches, Concussions, Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI), Strokes, Language/Learning Disabilities, and more. To put it simply, Brain Mapping can be considered a GPS for your brain.

How does a Brain Map work?

Brain Maps are non-invasive and are painless. A brain map begins by fitting an electrode cap and injecting gel into the electrodes to establish contact with your scalp. The gel will make contact with your scalp and hair, so expect your hair to become messy. It is easily washed off during your next shower and is harmless. The gel is injected using blunt-tip syringes; they do not pierce you in any way. Two earclips will also be attached to your earlobes and will serve as a ground. We will then record your brain activity while you are alert (eyes open) and while you are drowsy (eyes closed). After the data is collected, you will be asked to return in a few days so that a doctor can interpret it for you.

What is a Brain Map used for?

A Brain Map serves as a diagnostic tool and allows us to see what areas of your brain are functioning normally and which parts are functioning abnormally. It is one of the first steps of forming a personalized treatment plan.

For example, you see a doctor because you’re complaining of migraine headaches. The doctor recommends a Brain Map along with other tests (blood, stool, urine) to see more details of your condition. Your Brain Map results show that there is abnormal activity in the FP1 and F7 area of your brain. The doctor then conducts a Report of Findings with you and forms a treatment plan that includes Neurofeedback or IV Therapy to help treat your migraine headaches. 

How long does a Brain Map take?

A brain map typically lasts between 30-60 minutes, including set-up time.

Are there any special instructions when I receive a Brain Map?

Brain Maps involve putting a good amount of gel in your hair, so expect your hair to get messy. The gel is easily washed off during your next shower. We suggest that you don’t make important plans immediately after a Brain Map.

Is a Brain Map right for me?

A Brain Map is generally ordered by a doctor, and usually for conditions involving the brain such as Depression, Anxiety, OCD, ADD/ADHD, Migraines/Headaches, Concussions/TBI, Stroke,  Autism, or Language/Learning disabilities. However, you don’t have to have any of the above conditions to receive a brain map. A Brain Map can be beneficial for anyone and can sometimes reveal things you didn’t know about your brain! Call us at 516-243-8600 to set up an appointment.

Is Brain Mapping covered by my insurance?

Brain Mapping is generally covered by insurance, but this is on a case by case basis. Our staff can verify the details of your insurance after you’ve made an appointment with us. Call us at 516-243-8600 to set up an appointment.