FDA Approves Brainwave Device For Diagnosing ADHD

Posted on July 18, 2013

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved a brainwave-measuring device to help diagnose kids with ADHD, a first for the disorder.

The device detects two different types of brainwaves, theta and beta, and how frequently they occur. Kids with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder have more theta than beta brainwaves, compared to kids without ADHD.

The FDA approved the device, called the Neuropsychiatric Electroencephalogram-Based Assessment Aid or NEBA, for use with a full medical exam. In a statement, the director of the agency's Office of Device Evaluation, Christy Foreman, emphasized that the device has to work with other clinical measures.

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Category(s):Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

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