The electroencephalogram, also known as EEG, is a test that checks the brain’s electrical activity. It records the movement of the brain in response to stimuli. It provides information about the cortical activity, learning, memory, and thinking. However, not many people know about or understand the brain or how reading EEGs works.
A person’s brain is the central processor of the body. It can process information quickly, and it can also slow down and think about things in detail. When we read an EEG, we look for different types of activity. It’s like reading body language.
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1- Letting Unprofessional Neurologists Do The Reading
The worst mistake that a health professional can make when reading an EEG is to let another inexperienced health professional do the reading. This is because there is a learning curve one must follow when it comes to reading an EEG. It takes some time, and you need to learn how to do it properly before you start making mistakes. If you don’t know anyone capable of accurately reading an EEG, reach out to a professional EEG reading service.
Rushing will lead to mistakes and should be avoided at all times. The person doing the reading should take their time and read very carefully so as not to miss anything. They should prevent interpreting the brain activity they see too quickly, especially if they see something out of the norm or something they have never seen before.
3- Not Knowing What to Watch For
When reading EEGs, make sure you’re watching out for the following:
– Habit – When reading EEGs, one of the first things we have to watch out for is a habit. EEGs are visual tests. Nervous signs could be a habit, so you should look for a steady pattern of activity. Strong alpha waves are a sign that someone is trying to relax.
– Fatigue – Another thing to keep in mind is fatigue. If the person is tired, their brain is going to be slower. This can cause us to miss things. We can’t expect to read every single signal coming from someone’s brain when they’re fatigued. However, we should try our best.
– Dreams – Finally, we have to be careful about reading signals during dreams. When people have a plan, their brain is “off.” Therefore, we have to be extra cautious about reading dream signals. If a person is sleeping, we don’t want to disturb them. We have to be quiet and let them rest.
5- You May Be Firing the Wrong Signals
When reading EEGs one should be careful to avoid firing the wrong signals. Electrodes can also pick up on things that don’t exist in the brain. For example, sensors can detect electromagnetic fields, but these don’t exist.
6- You’re Skipping Over the Right Signals
We also have to be careful about skipping over the right signals. Another thing neurologists have to be careful about is ignoring signals when the brain is active.
7- Not Knowing Proper Brain Function
Another problem that many health professionals have is knowing what to look for in the brain. This is especially important when reading EEGs. We need to know what we’re looking for. Otherwise, we may miss the necessary signals.