(HawaiiNewsNow) - Hawaii Pacific DEEG announced its Grand Opening to be held Wednesday, September 26, 2012 at its 320 Ward Avenue facility. This is the first and only Dense-Array EEG (DEEG) unit available in the Pacific region, able to diagnose brain trauma with the most technologically advanced machine available in Hawaii.
The DEEG, like the more common EEG unit, uses electrodes placed on multiple points on the scalp to record the brain's electrical activity for the purpose of identifying brain injuries including epilepsy, strokes, trauma, tumors and other central nervous system disorders. What sets DEEG apart is that it offers a far more detailed picture of the brain, allowing for more precise characterization and localization of brain injuries.
"I felt it was important to bring DEEG technology to Hawaii because there is currently no one else in the Pacific region offering it," shared Dr. Michael Russo, neurologist and Medical Director of Hawaii Pacific DEEG.
"With this technology, we can help diagnose and treat brain injuries for island residents as well as attract travelers from the mainland and Pacific Rim who are interested in health and wellness and getting a comprehensive evaluation of their brains."
The DEEG is being applied to characterize and localize traumatic and non-traumatic brain injuries including stroke, dementia, tumors and demyelinating disorders-any disease that causes damage to the myelin sheath, which is the protective covering of the nerves in the brain and spinal cord. Its in-depth view of the brain is also extremely beneficial for adults and children prone to epileptic seizures. It can detect and localize seizure foci-a collection of cells in the brain responsible for seizures-four times more accurately than any existing technique currently available in the state.
Uninjured, healthy individuals may also benefit from the services provided by Hawaii Pacific DEEG. The DEEG may be used to create a map of a healthy individual's thought patterns and cognitive processing capabilities. This information can then be used by Dr. Russo himself to guide therapies that strengthen and repair brain dysfunction. Damaged brains can be repaired while normal brains can be strengthened by DEEG guided neurotherapy, also called EEG biofeedback, which is a mind-directed, painless therapy.
Hawaii Pacific's DEEG uses more than 128 small microphones positioned on the scalp, face and body to record cerebral oscillations from millions of nerves. The electrical sounds generated by the oscillating groups of neurons are reconstructed into meaningful representations of actual thought creation and processing.
Brain signals are converted into a topographic map revealing areas of damaged or slow thought processing. Up to 256 listening posts sit comfortably on the scalp while capturing brain signals 1,000 times per second. Brain signals over a three millisecond period show how thought processing can be captured and displayed by the DEEG. The amazingly accurate reconstruction can literally show the mind in action.
Using the DEEG map as a starting point, neurotherapy may then be applied to remodel dysfunctional brain regions and improve thought processing capabilities. Usually 20 to 30 sessions of neurofeedback can heal the damaged brain without the use of surgery or medications. Following treatment, a repeat DEEG can then demonstrate the changes in the brain from the prescribed treatment.
"DEEG is definitely a major advancement in medical technology that has proven its benefits in helping doctors get the best possible view of the brain," said Dr. Russo. "For many people, this can mean preventive or life-saving measures."
Dr. Russo is certified in neurology and sleep disorders and is a specialist in traumatic brain injury. He is the Medical Director of Hawaii Pacific DEEG.
To learn more about DEEG or to set up an appointment, call Hawaii Pacific DEEG at 808-294-3332 or click HERE!