Mayo Clinic announced today that it’s physicians in Arizona are proving that tablet computers can be used to comprehensively and accurately analyze electroencephalogram or EEG results outside of the clinic or hospital.
An EEG is a procedure that attaches electrodes to a patient’s scalp to detect electrical activity in the brain.
“The fact that this gives doctors the ability to read EEG results from anywhere can only help patients in the long run,” explains Dr. Matthew Hoerth, a neurologist at Mayo Clinic in Arizona.
The objective of the recent study in Arizona was to determine whether a computer tablet is an acceptable alternative to the traditional laptop for remote EEG interpretation.
The findings showed that the tablet cost significantly less and weighed less than the laptop and had a comparable screen resolution.
The only significant disadvantage to the tablet compared to the laptop is screen size.
“With high volumes of EEGs and multiple systems and facilities to read from, the efficiency of technology is essential to many physician practices,” adds Dr. Hoerth. “Despite the marginally smaller screen size, the ease of use, accessibility, and reliability make the tablet a viable option for its integration into the tele-EEG practice.”