Initial Analysis – The First Steps in Determining if you or your child may Benefit from MeRT
Your first step in the initial analysis will be to come in for a quantitative electroencephalogram (q-EEG) and an electrocardiogram (EKG). These diagnostics are non-invasive tests that measure brain wave frequencies, heart rate, and brain-heart coherence.
The results of these will then be analyzed by the scientific and clinical team at the Brain Treatment Center to determine your current brain state and formulate a treatment protocol customized for you.
MeRT is a patented approach, using neurophysiological data to develop a customized treatment plan with the aim of encouraging healthy brain communication.
Initial Analysis Steps
What is an EEG?
An electroencephalogram (EEG) is the first step in the initial analysis. It is a test that measures the electrical patterns of the brain. It is completely painless and non-invasive. The patterns shown on the EEG reflect the cortical activity of the brain, also referred to as brainwaves. We use this form of “brain mapping” together with an electrocardiogram (EKG). The EKG maps the electrical activity of the heart. Together these provide a very comprehensive analysis of an individual’s brain activity.
An EEG measures the current attention and metabolic state of the brain, which is constantly changing based on alertness, consciousness, and the neurological state of the individual being tested. The scan takes about 20 minutes.
As each EEG is completely unique to the individual, we are able to tailor our approach to therapy to give the best possible outcomes for each patient with their specific needs. For those with neurological conditions, there may be significant EEG rhythm variations seen.
A qEEG, or quantitative EEG, is an in-depth analysis of the digitized EEG, sometimes referred to as brain mapping.
Your Initial Analysis will tell…
Is MeRT the Right Treatment?
Reading this, you may be interested but uncertain if MeRT is the right treatment for you or your child. However, this is not something you need to decide on right away as there are many steps before making a much more informed decision.
The very first thing you can do is a simple phone consultation with our New Patient Coordinator. In this call, you can ask all the questions you want and discuss your symptoms and history. She can explain the protocols, fees, and details of treatment.
The next step is also very simple. We can set up two appointments. The first appointment would simply involve an EEG, which is a completely painless and non-invasive brain scan. This takes about 45 minutes. The second appointment, several days later, once we have the results of the EEG and these have been analyzed, would be a consultation with the doctor.
At this one-on-one consultation, the doctor will discuss the results of the imaging and diagnostics and what may or may not be treatable with MeRT. He will answer any additional questions that you may have, and together you can determine if MeRT would be a beneficial treatment and what that treatment would entail.
If you and the doctor then decide to move forward with MeRT, the first thing that is done is what we call the Assessment Period, where we will perform a short period of treatment, followed by a new EEG to see if you or your child are responding well to the treatment. This determination is assessed, based on the new EEG results, as compared to the initial testing done at the start of treatment, as well as any symptom improvements.
If there is a positive response to treatment during the assessment period, you will have most likely seen symptom improvements starting to take place, and we can then schedule for the additional treatment duration.
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Please feel free to call us and talk about what is happening. Our New Patient Coordinator is here to help. She listens and understands. She is able to explain the process and protocols, costs, possible insurance benefits, and any other details you want to know. She can answer your questions. There are no obligations and she will take the time you need to know whether or not you should take the next steps.
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