NuroChek General FAQs
NuroChek is an Australian innovation and a world-first brain assessment device
It is not just at the elite or professional level of brain health management: communities and schools need certainty also.
The revolutionary technology of NuroChek is designed to take the uncertainty, and controversy, out of brain function assessment.
The decision to return to work, school, sport and other activities should be made by your healthcare professional, and this can be assisted by using objective information from the NuroChek alongside evaluation of any other signs and symptoms of brain function.
For schools, the NuroChek forms part of the HEADSAFE program where detailed information can be found on head injury prevention, assessment and management, with a number of downloadable informational resources including the HeadSafe Blue Card, HeadSafe Medical Clearance, videos, leaflets, handouts and posters.
An EEG (or Electroencephalogram) is a method of detecting the electrical activity of your brain. Small electrodes are positioned over your scalp and moistened with normal saline (salt water, as in contact lens solution). No hair needs to be shaved or sticky conductive gel applied. The electrodes detect tiny electrical charges that result from the activity of your brain cells. NuroChek uses five electrodes over the back of your scalp (corresponding to where visual processing occurs).
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 neurons, which are conveyed to the visual cortex in the occipital area at the back of the brain. These are called Visual Evoked Potentials (VEPs).
You do not need to be a doctor to use the NuroChek. Applying a formal diagnosis of brain injury varies for individual clubs, schools and sports policies – healthcare professionals should be involved.