A brain map is generated by recording of your brain’s electrical activity through tiny sensors at different parts of your brain. First, we will clean your forehead and ear lobes with alcohol to remove skin oils. Ear clips will be placed on your ear lobes. A special cap made of stretchy material will be placed on your head. There are 19 small holes in the cap that will be filled with a gel. You may feel a cool but pleasant sensation at the points where the gel is placed. The cap is connected to the EEG equipment through a set of wires and your brain waves will be visible on the technician’s computer screen. The test itself has two parts.
We will record your brain waves with your eyes open for approximately 5 minutes, and with your eyes closed for approximately 5 minutes. We will ask you to sit and relax–limit your movement in the chair, avoid excessive swallowing, and minimize any form of muscle tension as much as possible. It often helps to pretend like you are on the beach or getting a massage.
Later, the results are analyzed to create a multi-color brain map that will be sent to Dr. Fotuhi. He will then review these results with you in person at your new patient appointment.