Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What is included in the NeuroCatch® Platform?
A: The NeuroCatch® Platform includes the NeuroCatch® Platform laptop preloaded with essential software, EEG system, connecting cables and accessories for setup.
See section 2.2 of the User Guide.
Q: How is the NeuroCatch® Platform set up and operated?
A: The NeuroCatch® Platform is a portable, all-in-one hardware and software system designed for use by neurology-focused researchers and clinicians in a research, clinical or office environment.
The easy-to-use platform consists of EEG electrodes embedded in a mesh cap, a transmitter with corresponding receiving base station, a headset charging pad and the required USB cables. The laptop provided with the NeuroCatch® Platform includes the Data Acquisition Software (DAS) and Data Processing Software (DPS).
Once the NeuroCatch® Platform has been set up, clients will hear a proprietary audio sequence stimulus (for approximately 6 minutes) through their earbud-style headphones (also provided as part of the NeuroCatch® Platform). Once the NeuroCatch® Platform Scan is completed, a NeuroCatch® Platform Report is generated.
See section 3 of the User Guide.
Q: How long is each NeuroCatch® Platform Scan?
A: Once the hardware (includes EEG electrodes embedded in a mesh cap, a transmitter with corresponding receiving base station, a headset charging pad and the required USB cables) as well as the laptop (containing the Data Acquisition Software [DAS] and Data Processing Software [DPS]) are in place, a user can initiate the NeuroCatch® Platform Scan.
Each scan takes approximately 6 minutes, after which the DAS saves the scan data and the DPS outputs a NeuroCatch® Platform Report.
Q: What training is included with the NeuroCatch® Platform?
A: The NeuroCatch® Platform is an easy-to-use, all-in-one hardware and software system designed for use by neurology-focused researchers and clinicians.
Support for platform users includes: NeuroCatch® Platform training and certification; training and troubleshooting videos; and telephone, email and in-person support.
Additionally, the NeuroCatch® Platform includes the User Guide, inside of which you will also find the Quick-Start Guide.
Q: What languages are supported by the NeuroCatch® Platform?
A: The first-generation NeuroCatch® Platform, which is currently available in Canada, supports English-speaking users and clients.
Q: Where can I purchase additional single use consumable items which are required for a NeuroCatch® Platform scan?
A: The following suppliers are recommended for replenishing consumable items (links are provided by clicking on the item name).
|Item Name||Item Number||Preferred Supplier|
|Pre-gelled adhesive electrodes||KEND31478376||Bowers Medical Supply|
|Curved plastic tip syringes||MONO412|
|Cotton tip applicator with wooden shaft||DUKAL9013|
|Alcohol prep pads, 70% IPA||KEND63001|
|Cavicide Disinfectant||METRMX1024 CAVICIDE DISINFECT Gallon|
|g.Gamma EEG gel||1021-g. Gamma gel||g.tec Medical Engineering|
Q: What is the science behind the NeuroCatch® Platform?
A: Spearheaded by leading Simon Fraser University neuroscientist Dr. Ryan D’Arcy, NeuroCatch Inc. created the NeuroCatch® Platform as a scientific, evidence-based approach that triggers, captures and rapidly translates EEG signals into a standardized clinical report. Specifically, it provides an objective, neurophysiological assessment using three key ERPs (event-related potentials), known as ABC (Auditory Sensation [N100]; Basic Attention [P300]; and Cognitive Processing [N400]).
Read more about the science behind the NeuroCatch® Platform.
The first-generation NeuroCatch® Platform supports part of the overall HealthTech Connex Brain Vital Signs™ Framework. Learn more about Brain Vital Signs.
Q: What are the challenges of traditional brain assessments?
A: Traditional brain assessments include subjective behavioural approaches that may include confounding factors such as motoric and communicative limitations.
Q: What are ABCs?
A: The NeuroCatch® Platform provides an objective, neurophysiological assessment using three key ERPs (event-related potentials), known as ABC (Auditory Sensation [N100]; Basic Attention [P300]; and Cognitive Processing [N400]).
Read more about the science behind the NeuroCatch® Platform.
Standardized NeuroCatch® Platform Clinical Report Components
Q: What information is provided in the NeuroCatch® Platform Report?
A: Our first-generation NeuroCatch® Platform is an all-in-one hardware and software system that triggers, captures and rapidly translates EEG signals into accurate measurements of ABC (Auditory Sensation [N100]; Basic Attention [P300]; and Cognitive Processing [N400]).
Q: Can the NeuroCatch® Platform provide prior patient results?
A: Yes, the NeuroCatch® Platform Report provides a summary of all previous scans to date for a client, and visually displays the 10 most recent scans.
Q: Can the NeuroCatch® Platform Report be customized to include other ERPs?
A: No, the NeuroCatch® Platform Report only includes ERP latency and amplitude peak values highlighted for ABC (Auditory Sensation [N100]; Basic Attention [P300]; and Cognitive Processing [N400]).
Q: Is there an option to have the NeuroCatch® Platform elicit the ERPs with a visual stimulus?
A: No, the NeuroCatch® Platform Data Acquisition Software (DAS) only enables EEG data collection and recording through an audio sequence stimulus. ERPs are triggered using one of six (approximately 6 minutes each) proprietary audio sequences provided with the NeuroCatch® Platform.
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