The Hallmark of Quantitative EEG analysis
The hallmark of Quantitative EEG is the comparison of the artifacted data to a normative database matched for age. Our primary databases are BrainDx, Neurorep, and Neuroguide. BrainDx was created by neuroscientists affiliated with NYU Medical Center. It is based on the original database created by Prof Roy John. EEG magnitude spectra are viewed for eyes closed and open raw and artifacts data sets. This enables the precise determination of the posterior dominant rhythm and its suppression upon eye opening. At the PDR frequency the magnitude or amplitude at every sensory location can be measured and compared.
Artifacting is done manually through the NREP software suite. Traditionally, we stay away from automatic artifacting procedures and continued with this approach at present. There will then be a review of the raw EEG with automated seizure and spike analysis performed as necessary.
Frequency Band Maps
As was the case with NxLink in the past, frequency band based maps are generated that are compared to the normative database. This includes delta, theta, alpha, beta, beta2 and total frequency maps. Database analyses are produced for absolute power, relative power, asymmetry and coherence values. BrainDx comparisons can be made for all individuals at age of 6 and older for eyes closed. This database can now be used for adults for eyes open as well, and pediatric norms for the eyes open condition are in development. One of the most unique components of this database is the use of narrow band spectra which compares to the database in 0.3 hz. increments. Once a frequency is selected (for exceeding a z-score cutoff), exact z-score values are calculated at every electrode location. Brain regions with the greatest deviations from the norm can be mapped and their frequency distributions determined at a very specific and precise degree.