NuroChek General FAQs
NuroChek is an Australian innovation and a world-first brain assessment device
You do not necessarily need to be a doctor to use the Nurochek, however the system is designed for clinicians rather than for home use.
Applying a formal diagnosis of brain injury is usually a medical professionals’ task, though requirements vary for individual clubs, schools and sports policies.
An EEG (or Electroencephalogram) is a method of detecting the electrical activity of your brain and has been in clinical use for nearly a hundred years.
Usually, up to 32 small electrodes are positioned over your scalp and moistened with normal saline (salt water, as in contact lens solution) or a conductive gel applied.
Nurochek uses only five electrodes over the back of your scalp (corresponding to where visual processing occurs).
Using Nurochek, no hair needs to be shaved or sticky conductive gel applied.
The foam cylinders detect tiny electrical charges that result from the activity of your brain.
The innovative technology of Nurochek is designed to take uncertainty out of brain assessment and allow rapid, objective and portable testing.
The decision to return to work, school, sport and other activities should be made in conjunction with your healthcare professional, and this can be assisted by using objective information from devices like Nurochek alongside evaluation of any other signs and symptoms of brain function.
The Nurochek device comprises a customised, wearable headset that emits a visual stimulus (as light flashes of specific design, pattern, duration and frequency) from a visor at the front of the headset which are received by the eyes of the person being tested.
This creates electrical signals in neurones (nerve cells), which are conveyed to the visual cortex in the occipital area at the back of the brain.
These are called Visual Evoked Potentials (VEPs).
For schools, Nurochek can form part of your student health program. Detailed information can be found on head injury prevention, assessment and management on the HeadSafe Website www.headsafe.com , which is an information resource maintained by NFP charity Necksafe Ltd. The site has a number of downloadable informational resources including the HeadSafe Blue Card, HeadSafe Medical Clearance, videos, leaflets, handouts and posters.
There are also many other excellent informational websites on the internet.
It is not just at the professional level that brain health is important: communities and schools need reliable information also.