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A Pediatric Neurologist’s Take on NeuroEEG and NeuroCap

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John N. Gaitanis, MD is a pediatric neurologist and MemoryMD Medical Advisory Board member. After thoroughly examining the devices, Dr. Gaitanis provided his impressions of MemoryMD’s NeuroEEG and NeuroCap devices.

What is your first impression of the NeuroEEG and NeuroCap?

Dr. J. Gaitanis: “My first reaction was: ‘How is it possible there is anything inside this box?” I actually wondered if it was just a sample box, because it’s that light. There are a couple of things that are striking. It’s incredibly small. It’s incredibly light. I wore the amplifier in the armband that came with the system, and it was very similar to wearing a very small cellphone when you’re jogging.”

How does NeuroEEG and NeuroCap compare to the other EEG units on the market?

Gaitanis: “So when you look at a standard EEG — what we call a rig — you usually have either a desktop or a laptop computer. It’s on wheels, with a large monitor, a keyboard, a mouse, and a camera. This whole thing is something you have to wheel to the patient’s room. It’s quite heavy, and it’s very expensive. It’s a major purchase to buy.”

On other hand, Gaitanis describes the NeuroCap and NeuroEEG as “smaller and lighter” than a cellphone. “It’s easier, it’s lighter, it’s more comfortable to wear, it’s more efficient. Once you actually see that and feel it and wear it. Then you realize, ‘okay, this is very easy.’”

Is the data collected by the NeuroEEG useful to neurologists?

Gaitanis: “When you look at the quality data — which is equivalent to much larger EEG rigs with much bulkier equipment — you very quickly say to yourself ‘why not just use this?’” Gaitanis also adds that he thinks NeuroEEG will change how neurologists perform EEGs.

In what ways do you think NeuroCap and NeuroEEG could improve EEG?

Gaitanis: “The biggest [way NeuroCap and NeuroEEG could improve EEG] is that it makes it so much easier and more convenient to set up an EEG, and actually to wear it.”

What specific uses could there for NeuroCap and NeuroEEG in hospitals?

Gaitanis: “This product would allow an emergency room staff to apply an EEG without the need for an on-site technician. That’s something that will have a direct impact on patient care.”

“There are actually two things in that emergency room situation that are problematic. One is that the technicians are scarce, there simply are not enough of them.”

“And in many more rural settings; or smaller hospitals, it’s not possible to hire EEG technicians for 24 hour a day, seven day a week coverage.”

“The second thing is that to actually set up an EEG; it takes at least twenty minutes for a technician to apply the leads by hand from start to finish.”

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How could NeuroEEG and NeuroCap speed up the EEG procedure?

Gaitanis: “The standard EEG that we use clinically; you can think of it like a handcrafted product. A technician has to make it by hand every time.”

“It’s a beautiful process; but it is handcrafted, which means it is slow and requires that extra technical support.”

“A product like this (NeuroCap) substantially reduces the time and it substantially reduces the skillset needed to run an EEG.”

“So this could actually be run by a medical assistant. I could picture an EKG technician easily running this. Nurses, physicians; they can record the data and get their answer very quickly.”

In what other healthcare settings would the NeuroEEG be useful?

Gaitanis: “It’s a great solution for telemedicine. It’s an excellent solution for hospitals that don’t have 24 hour-a-day seven-day-a-week in-house EEG support.”

“Most hospitals actually don’t have in-house EEG technicians. What they have is a technician who comes from home.”

Gaitanis thinks NeuroCap and NeuroEEG could allow hospital staff to conduct EEGs without a technician or an EEG rig.

Dr. Gaitanis on NeuroEEG Amplifier

Dr. Gaitanis about EEG in Emergency Rooms

Dr. Gaitanis on EEG solution for research trials

How will NeuroEEG speed up the EEG process?

Gaitanis: “You have this onsite. You can have this done in five minutes. So you’re really saving time and substantially improving care.”

Gaitanis reveals that it takes up to two hours for an EEG technician to come to a hospital; set up the rig, and perform the EEG. On the other hand, a physician or technician could perform some EEG scans in a few minutes with MemoryMD devices.

What do you want your fellow neurologists to know about NeuroEEG?

Gaitanis: “When considering that my smartphone is faster and more efficient than the computers we were using for EEG in the 2000s. There’s no reason to continue to do EEG on such large bulky equipment.”

“And that’s exactly what MemoryMD has done; is shrunk it, made it lighter, more efficient, and a whole lot cheaper.”

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