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What is Baseline Testing?
Baseline testing is a pre-season exam conducted by a trained health care professional. Baseline tests are used to assess an athlete’s balance and brain function (including learning and memory skills, ability to pay attention or concentrate, and how quickly he or she thinks and solve problems), as well as for the presence of any concussion symptoms. Results from baseline tests (or pre-injury tests) can be used and compared to a similar exam conducted by a health care professional during the season if an athlete has a suspected concussion. Baseline testing generally takes place during the pre-season—ideally prior to the first practice. It is important to note that some baseline and concussion assessment tools are only suggested for use among athletes ages 8 years and older. These are subjective tests and are usually conducted under the imPACT or SCAT 5 protocol.
What Can I Expect From My Scan Session?
1. You will meet with one of our certified techinicians and fill out a client intake form.
2. The technicians will prep the non-invasive helmet
3. The setup should take approximately 5 minutes to get up and running.
4. Once we get the green light to proceed, with your eyes closed, your brain waves will be at rest and the EEG will start and conclude within 4 minutes.
Do I get a copy of my report?
This report can be emailed or dropped off at your physicians office, your school or your head coach in the event there is ever an event that looks and feels like a concussion, they will have a baseline to measure against.
Why do I need an eeg?
EEG's have been around for over 50 years. Until now, it has never been affordable nor has the public had access to a brain scan for under $200 and does not need a physicians referral to get.
How long is my report good for?
What is a baseline scan?
In order to establish where you brain is today, we all need a staring point. A baseline scan is conducted via our FDA approved portable EEG helmet in under $150. This will give every person an objective picture of what your brain looks like and the current activity in all 20 areas of the brain that are scanned in our non-invasive technology. This is fast becoming the answer to concussion protocol across the united states.
How is baseline testing information used if an athlete has a suspect concussion?
If an athlete is suspected of having a concussion, the athlete should schedule a baseline scan from one of our certified locations or partners. The results from baseline scan can be used if an athlete has a suspected concussion. Comparing post-injury test results to baseline scan results can assist health care professionals in identifying the effects of the injury and making more informed return to school and play decisions. Education should always be provided to athletes and parents if an athlete has a suspected concussion. This should include information on safely returning to school and play, tips to aid in recovery (such as rest), danger signs and when to seek immediate care, and how to help reduce an athlete’s risk for a future concussion. This is all part of Baseline Scan's mission to take care of the athlete and provide additional resources through our medical partnerships.
What should be included as part of baseline testing?
Baseline testing should include a check for concussion symptoms, as well as balance and cognitive (such as concentration and memory) assessments. Computerized or paper-pencil neuropsychological tests may be included as a piece of an overall baseline test to assess an athlete’s concentration, memory, and reaction time. During the baseline pre-season test, health care professionals should also assess for a prior history of concussion (including symptoms experienced and length of recovery from the injury). It is also important to record other medical conditions that could impact recovery after concussion, such as a history of migraines, depression, mood disorders, or anxiety, as well as learning disabilities and Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder. Baseline testing also provides an important opportunity to educate athletes and others about concussion and return to school and play protocols.
Who should interpret baseline test?
Only a trained health care professional with experience in concussion management should interpret the results of a baseline exam. When possible, ideally a neuropsychologist should interpret the computerized or paper-pencil neuropsychological test components of a baseline exam. Results of neuropsychological tests should not be used as a stand-alone diagnostic tool, but should serve as one component used by health care professionals to make return to school and play decisions.
How often should an athlete undergo baseline testing?
If baseline testing is used, research suggests that most components of baseline testing be repeated annually to establish a valid test result for comparison. Baseline computerized or paper-pencil neuropsychological tests may be repeated every 2 years. However, more frequent neuropsychological testing may be needed if an athlete has sustained a concussion or if the athlete has a medical condition that could affect results of the test.