QEEG Assessments


Why is it important?


QEEGs are a safe and well-known assessment method in scientific research and clinical practice. At neuroCare we dedicate a lot of resources and training to ensure we do correct and accurate QEEG readings, so that we can have a look at your brain activity and see if this can explain some of the negative symptoms and feelings you are experiencing.  This allows us to find a more targeted and personalized therapy program for our patients, to help them achieve mental wellness in a relatively short time-frame.

Interpreting the data from a QEEG report requires training and specialist knowledge and not all mental healthcare professionals will have experience in this area.  To explain it in simple terms,  a QEEG records and measures brain activity across 26 different locations of the brain. As an example, two people diagnosed with ADHD might not have the same underlying cause of their symptoms, so by doing a QEEG we can look to see if these symptoms are explained by the brain activity we see in particular regions of the brain. In Depression, for example, a QEEG will let us know whether a patient will respond to TMS or if they should address a sleep concern first and foremost (please note, these examples are illustrative.)



What to expect

QEEG Assessments usually last 2 hours and are booked on a separate day after your first consultation.

Before the QEEG


Step 1

We ask you to complete a Web Questionnaire via the link below. We recommend doing this the night before or morning of your QEEG assessment. You will notice the questionnaire asks you for a reference number to get started. This reference number would have been given to you by the clinic staff. If you are unsure, do not hesitate to contact the clinic.


Brain Resource Web Questionnaire

Step 2

In order to measure your brain activity reliably, it is important that you follow the steps below before your assessment. Your cooperation is very important. If you do not cooperate and follow these steps the QEEG assessment may need to be rescheduled.


Wash your hair in the morning with a shampoo without conditioner and make sure it is dry.


Please don’t use hair styling products (hairspray, gel, wax, etc.). Such products can interfere with EEG measurement.


Do not apply make-up or greasy cream on your face.


Wear comfortable clothes. There will also be an electrode attached to your collar bone, so it is best not to wear a high collared shirt.


It is important that at least 6 hours before the assessment you do not consume any alcohol or recreational drugs.


Smokers must try to reduce tobacco consumption and must not smoke at least 2 hours before the assessment.


Please do not consume caffeine at least 2 hours before the assessment (i.e. coffee, tea, cola, energy drinks)


During the QEEG


Getting started

First we will need to ask for your written consent to do the QEEG and that you agree to us using the data confidentially for research and training purposes. You will then be taken to the QEEG lab where you will sit and answer some initial questions on a computer about how you are feeling that day, and whether you are prepared to do the QEEG.


Placing the cap

A technician (sometimes also your therapist) will measure your head to determine the location of the electrodes. Some areas of the scalp or face may be lightly cleaned with an alcohol wipe so that we can achieve good contact with the skin. A cap of electrodes will then be fitted over the head, it contains 26 electrodes to measure electrical activity, eye movement, muscle tension and heart rate. The setup takes approximately 20 minutes.

NOTE: the electrodes are perfectly safe, they only pick up activity from your head, they do not discharge any electricity.


Recording the EEG

We can start to measure brain activity once the cap has been set up. Your brain waves will be measured while you complete some basic tasks. Further instructions are given through the computer screen and through a headset. Your therapist or technician will be in a room nearby to monitor. Parents may sit in the room to help if their child is doing the QEEG, it is okay to assist in answering the questions. The EEG recording will last approximately 50 minutes.

After the cap of electrodes have been removed, you will be offered access to a shower or washroom if you wish to remove any excess electrode gel.


Psychometric Questionnaire Task

After the EEG recording you will then be asked to complete a Psychometric questionnaire on a touchscreen computer. (Children are not required to do this part of the assessment). The Psychometric test lasts approximately 50 minutes.



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