EEG measuring technique makes the leap into telemedicine
Neurologists from Magdeburg and Halle start field trial with dry electrode cap.
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EEG measuring technique makes the leap into telemedicine. Neurologists from Magdeburg and Halle start field trial with dry electrode cap
Electroencephalography has probably been familiar to everybody under the acronym “EEG” for about 80 years. In the beginning, the measuring technique for this examination method for measuring brainwaves was as large and compact as a desk. It has been continuously further developed. But now it is making a leap into telemedicine. The “Home Monitoring of Brain and Body Functions” (in short, HOME2B+) is being developed jointly by the University Hospital Magdeburg Department of Neurology and the globally operating information and consumer research company Nielsen.
“I have been conducting EEGs for 36 years”, says Anne-Katrin Baum. She is the senior medical technical assistant for functional diagnostics and has worked all these years at University Hospital Magdeburg.
Prof. Dr. Hans-Jochen Heinze, Director of the University Hospital Magdeburg Department of Neurology and Neurophysiology, is pleased with the overall abundant wealth of professional experience in his team – not only with respect to analysing electroencephalograms. The knowledge of forerunner devices is also advantageous in the development of a new generation of EEG.
Graphic displays of voltage fluctuations on the surface of the head reveal much about activity and possible disorders in the network of brain cells. “In former times, quite a bit of paper on which these waves were recorded came from the devices”, remembers Anne-Katrin Baum, and in contrast she points to the typical wave patterns on her monitor. The computer age obviously saved time and material. What has remained until now is the relatively elaborate placement of about 20 electrodes on the head, which must be placed in a sodium chloride solution beforehand. The scalp is prepared with an electrode paste similar to an exfoliating cream so that contact is established with the electrode gel, and the brainwaves can be conducted and measured. “The development of a cap in which the electrodes are already incorporated so that they do not slip on the head brought relief”, says Ms Baum. She takes such a model out of the package: modern – but not “the latest thing”!
Only two hand movements are needed for the very latest electrode cap, and then it fits perfectly. The patient can put the cap on themselves. And the dry electrodes also provide data of high quality without gel and paste. These are the prerequisites for what the scientists and physicians at University Hospital Magdeburg have planned: “Home Monitoring of Brain and Body Functions” (in short, HOME2B+) is the name of the project in the field of telemedicine.
A two-year field trial will start in the autumn of this year. How it will be acccomplished, and how the future perspetives of the neurologists could be implemented, you can read here in the full article: http://lsaurl.de/eeg2015
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