Frequently Asked Questions
Where is VoxNeuro available?
VoxNeuro is available at VoxNeuro Test Centers, which are listed on the Locations page.
How is the VoxNeuro different from other cognitive assessments?
- Traditional cognitive health assessments rely on behavioral indicators instead of brain-based biomarkers, making them deeply constrained by subjectivity and bias, and thus clouding measures of cognition.
- VoxNeuro exposes pure cognitive function, independent of symptomatology and behavior, by measuring cognitive event-related potentials (ERPs) that emerge from the underlying biology (rather than psychometric behavioral measures assessed through observation, screeners, or neuropsychological batteries.)
- VoxNeuro therefore provides objective measures that are not influenced by subjective factors of the test taker or test administrator. Factors like a patient’s mood, motivation, literacy, or education level do not affect or confound the results of a VoxNeuro test.
- Tests are also repeatable without a habituation effect that is observed with traditional cognitive health assessments.
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What cognitive functions does VoxNeuro score?
- VoxNeuro delivers a comprehensive understanding of how a brain is functioning by measuring attention and concentration, information processing, and working memory.
What type of injuries or illnesses is VoxNeuro applicable to?
- VoxNeuro can be used to assess the impact of any type of pathology on cognitive function, or can be used serially to track cognitive function over time (e.g. annual check-ups)
- VoxNeuro can be applied to even the most complex neurological cases. It has been used to support the investigation of multiple neurologic conditions, including mTBI/concussion, traumatic brain injury, dementia, stroke, coma, and aphasia.
- It is designed to work with a lead-based clinical EEG system that can be flexibly deployed for those with severe head injuries.
- It can also be used to assess cognitive function in non-communicative patients (e.g. patients with aphasia) that can’t be assessed using traditional methods.
What is the VoxNeuro patient experience?
- The assessment takes 30-60 minutes to complete.
- The assessment is non-invasive, as EEG electrodes sit on the scalp and record the brain’s electrical activity through a conductive gel, similar to an ultrasound.
- Patients are guided through a series of neuropsychological tests on a computer.
- While some patients may experience fatigue while performing the assessment, it is far less taxing than today’s standard neuropsychological assessments, which are time-intensive and can take up to 8 hours to administer in some cases (Lynn 2021).
Is VoxNeuro registered with the FDA and/or Health Canada?
- Yes, VoxNeuro is registered Class II exempt in the USA and Class II in Canada.
- VoxNeuro is available to be deployed and used in any clinical setting in the US and Canada.
Where can I learn more about the science behind VoxNeuro?
How can I start treating my patients with VoxNeuro?
- Option 1: Become a Test Center: VoxNeuro is a simple and easy-to-implement add-on to your clinical-grade EEG system. For practices that do not currently have an onsite EEG, VoxNeuro offers pre-configured clinical EEG equipment and training. VoxNeuro is easily installed into any clinical setting and the assessments are simple to run. Each Test Center goes through the VoxNeuro Certification Program to certify staff as Cognitive Health Technicians, and certify their clinic. Staff also complete an in-person and online training course to become certified to use the reports to inform treatment.
- Option 2: Refer your patients: VoxNeuro empowers clinical decision making, and instantly generates clear, clinical reports with universally understood insights, featuring easy-to-understand scoring for key cognitive functions. These scores can be leveraged by healthcare providers to support proactive brain health and make informed clinical decisions.
Download the patient referral form on our Locations page.
Does a patient need to have a baseline assessment?
- No, a baseline is not required.
- Some current technologies require a healthy baseline reading to detect cognitive dysfunction. VoxNeuro, with its normative database, can detect cognitive dysfunction with a single, post-incident measurement, without need for a baseline reading.
- For patients who are at high-risk for brain injury and may have sustained injuries in the past, such as contact-sport athletes, proactive assessments are valuable. Learn more: How We Help.
I have patients who are concerned about historical injuries. Is there any length of time after which VoxNeuro is no longer useful?
- No, unlike other assessments of cognitive function after traumatic brain injury, VoxNeuro can be used at any time point post-incident and can be useful in both the acute and chronic phases of injury.
- Analysis of cognitive event-related potentials (ERPs) with VoxNeuro has shown the sensitivity to detect cognitive dysfunction in cases where it has persisted more than 30 years past the index incident.
- You can explore more on how VoxNeuro benefits individuals years removed from their injuries in the publication Disruption of Function: Neurophysiological markers of cognitive deficits in retired football players and in the award winning series Collision Course.
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Can you outline the method of assessment?
- Voxneuro follows a first-of-its-kind, evidence-based electroencephalography (EEG) protocol. The assessment takes 30-60 minutes to complete and is non-invasive, as EEG electrodes sit on the scalp and record the brain’s electrical activity through a conductive gel, similar to an ultrasound.
- The assessment guides patients through a series of neuropsychological tests on a computer while the EEG records tens of thousands of data-points along their brain waves. Among those data points are cognitive event-related potentials (ERPs).
- The ERPs are recorded and are instantly analyzed against a normative database to evaluate and score key cognitive functions, including attention & concentration, information processing, and working memory.
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Can you explain why VoxNeuro may be deemed reasonable and necessary?
- The inefficiencies of current behavior-based screeners cost patients, clinicians, and the healthcare system time and money. False positives indicating cognitive dysfunction lead to patient and caregiver distress, and result in unnecessary and costly additional testing. False negatives lead to missed diagnoses, and can have severe consequences, especially when impaired patients fail to get necessary support with medication management, mobility, or other areas.
- VoxNeuro exposes pure cognitive function, independent of symptomatology and behavior, by measuring cognitive ERPs that emerge from the underlying biology. This provides objective measures that are not influenced by subjective factors of the test taker or test administrator.
- For patients with suspected cognitive dysfunction, VoxNeuro provides rapid and objective biomarkers to inform clinical decision-making.
- Repeatable tests fill an unmet need of a reliable method to track change over time, including recovery from a traumatic brain injury or the progression of dementia.
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How can I refer a client?
- Visit our Locations page to find a Test Center
- Contact a Test Center directly to book an appointment
- The VoxNeuro report will be ready instantly following the client’s assessment.
- Review the report with the healthcare professional on the file, or work with one through the Test Center to obtain their medical opinion. Choose what works for you and your practice.