Brain Health Evaluation
Nowadays, there is a wide array of annual health check-up programs, which can be tailored to different personal needs, all in all to promote physical health and well-being. It is, however, found that only a meager choice of comprehensive brain health screenings is on offer, despite the fact that our brain has to always stay on: thinking, processing, commanding, emotions, executive function, etc. Even during a deep sleep, our brain keeps functioning.
The preliminary evaluation is a comprehensive brain check-up program that uses advanced technology for neuropsychological examination including laboratory tests, brainpower and memory assessment, retina scan, a sleep test.
The neuropsychological test evaluates brain functions that are related to emotions, memory, thinking and problem-solving processing, aiming at improving an individual’s respective skills in the next step of the program.
The laboratory test is a blood test which helps to assess risks that are related to the brain, such as Alzheimer's disease, ischemic stroke, etc.
Brainpower and Brain Memory Assessment
The brainpower and brain memory assessment aims to detect arising abnormalities that may go without symptoms and also measure the memory part of the brain by using powerful magnets and radio waves to create pictures of the brain’s anatomy.
Recent studies found that the accumulation of beta-amyloid plaque in the brain was a hallmark sign of Alzheimer's. Indeed, it is manifested as early as 10 - 20 years before the actual onset of Alzheimer's. However, the conventional detection of beta-amyloid in the brain has many technical limitations, i.e. poor spatial resolution, an invasive approach, high cost. Fortunately, it has been found that the retina, unlike other structures of the eye, is part of the central nervous system, sharing many characteristics of the brain.
Discoveries show that the plaques associated with Alzheimer's disease occurred not only in the brain but also in the retina. By ‘staining' the plaque with curcumin, a component of the common spice turmeric, we can detect it in the retina even before it begins to accumulate in the brain. This so-called Retinal Amyloid Imaging (RAI) enables us to look through the eye – just like an ophthalmologist looking through the eye to diagnose retinal disease – and see these changes to evaluate the chances of having Alzheimer's in the future. This way, it has become far simpler, totally non-invasive, and of superior imaging quality, compared with conventional brain examinations like PET scan.
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI Exam)
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) is a device that uses a magnetic field and pulses of radio wave energy to make pictures of organs and structures inside the body. In many cases, the MRI gives different information about structures in the body than can be seen with an X-ray, ultrasound, or Computed Tomography (CT) scans. Here at the Brain Health Institute, the MRI is used for two main purposes. The MRI is a tool we use to check for any brain tumors and also to measure the Hippocampus Volume of the brain.
The Hippocampus is the section of the brain that stores the memory, so the bigger the volume, the more storage space one will have. The results will be measured against the population and will also be tracked over time between the pre-intervention and post-intervention during the follow-up.
The sleep test is designed to record an individual’s brain waves, blood’s oxygen levels, heart rate, and breathing fluctuations by measuring the soundness of sleep along with breathing difficulties and sleep apnea assessed. All the results will be used for qualitative analysis for the remedial purposes of each participant.