Frequently Asked Questions

Platform Overview

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
Nitrile Gloves PM6-2007A
Cavicide Disinfectant METRMX1024 CAVICIDE DISINFECT Gallon
Toothbrush Adult DON-TB30
g.Gamma EEG gel 1021-g. Gamma gel g.tec Medical Engineering

 

The Science

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.[1]

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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  1. Gardner, R. C., Langa, K. M., & Yaffe, K. (2017). Subjective and objective cognitive function among older adults with a history of traumatic brain injury: A population-based cohort study. PLoS Medicine, 14(3), e1002246. http://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pmed.1002246
  2. Harmon, K. G., Drezner, J. A., Gammons, M., Guskiewicz, K. M., Halstead, M., Herring, S. A., et al. (2012). American Medical Society for Sports Medicine position statement: concussion in sport. – PubMed – NCBI.British Journal of Sports Medicine, 47(1), 15–26. http://doi.org/10.1136/bjsports-2012-091941