The Food and Drug Administration has approved the first medical scan that can help diagnose attention deficit hyperactivity disorder in children by measuring brain waves.
The agency said it cleared the NEBA system to help confirm ADHD for people ages 6 to 17. Doctors can use the device to confirm an ADHD diagnosis or to determine if more testing is necessary.
The device, from Augusta, Ga.-based NEBA Health, measures the frequency of two standard brain waves known as theta and beta waves. Children with ADHD tend to have a higher ratio of these waves than children who don’t have the disorder.
The FDA approved the 15- to 20-minute test based on a study of 275 patients. Clinicians evaluated the patients using the system as well as standard diagnostic tools such as like behavioral questionnaires. The study showed that use of the NEBA System helped doctors make a more accurate diagnosis than using traditional methods alone. The American Psychiatric Association states that ADHD affects 3 to 7 percent of school-aged children.
Do you think this new approval might have any impact on the amount of ADHD diagnoses?