What is NOT included on a Neurofeedback equipment price
What is NOT included on a Neurofeedback equipment price.
Things you should keep in mind when you ask for the price of a Neurofeedback device.
When you are involved in the process of deciding which Neurofeedback equipment to buy or when you want to take the next step towards another type of Neurofeedback, you must of course take into account the price of the core components of the equipment, such as the amplifier, software and basic sensors, but you must also be alert not to forget the price of other components that may seem minor, but whose cost can wreck your budget.
Neurofeedback equipment is built by putting together a computer, an EEG amplifier and some sensors. So far, all the Neurofeedback equipments are the same. [I am talking about different types of Neurofeedback in another post]. Not every EEG amplifier and sensors are suitable for all types of Neurofeedback. So the first thing you have to consider is what type of Neurofeedback you want to apply and what amplifier and sensors are needed. If you already have a Neurofeedback equipment, ask the new system’s manufacturer if your own Neurofeedback device is compatible.
Sensors and Electrodes
You will find that the type and number of sensors are always listed in a new Neurofeedback equipment quotation. Its cost can be very high, so don´t underestimate it. In general, sensors and electrodes are specific for the Neurofeedback type that you want to apply as well as for a particular amplifier. Sometimes you might have to purchase a different type, number of sensors for some specific Neurofeedback techniques. In short, the price of sensors and electrodes is an important item in the budget of your Neurofeedback device.
Your Neurofeedback equipment would not exist without a computer on which to run its software. The software will always come included in the manufacturer’s quotation. Find out what kind of computer you need. Be aware that not many Neurofeedback systems run on Mac, instead of Windows. Some Neurofeedback devices need a very powerful processor, a high-end graphics card and a RAM of more than 8GB. Many Neurofeedback systems also need a second screen with high definition TV quality where to project movies or video-games which your patient will train with. Sometimes also speakers and headphones.
Another key piece in a Neurofeedback equipment quotation is the standard software. Many manufacturers offer the possibility of upgrading to higher versions of software, with more utilities and games, for a higher price. Some of them allow to run different types of Neurofeedback. There are even independent developers of video-games, as they are relevant for the patient’s engagement on the Neurofeedback treatment. You should get it to be stimulating.
All Neurofeedback systems involve 2 work stations: one for the professional, that is, you, with all the equipment described above; and another one for your patient. The vast majority of Neurofeedback systems require the patient to rest in a comfortable chair, with enough height to support the head, and with the possibility of reclining completely. If the patient has to watch a monitor screen, you will need a table for it, or hang it on the wall. All that means extra furniture and space.
Some versions of Neurofeedback need a database with which to compare your patient’s brain electrical activity. Z-score and Loreta Neurofeedback require hiring a database free-access service. Its annual cost is considerable.
There are aids to facilitate the correct placement of the electrodes on your patient’s scalp. Sometimes it is essential to use specific caps to house 19/21 channels at a time. In those cases you will need at least two sizes (large and medium) and its cost can be high.
Learning to use all this equipment is not a matter of 2 days. More challenging types of Neurofeedback require several training courses, mentoring sessions, practices, manuals. It is not only a matter of price, but also of time. Speaking of time, keep in mind that if the type of Neurofeedback you choose requires you to spend more time with your patient or that you hire specialist technical personnel, you will have to pass it on to your fee or assume it as an extra cost.[Find in this post all about Neurofeedback courses]
Neurofeedback is a complex technique that is linked to expensive equipment, where each component has a high price in turn. Its use will also involve a wear that you will have to foresee to replace the equipment and components periodically. My suggestion is to leave nothing to chance.
Since I have talked about all the possible components of a Neurofeedback equipment and its price, I list below the features of LENS Neurofeedback with respect to the items that I have just detailed:
- EEG Amplifier: A200 / 2 channels
- Spoon type sensors: 3-to-5/ 10mm / Ag/Ag-Cl/ TP type connection / price: less than €12 each
- Computer: Windows/6GB/i5
- Extra Screen: Not required
- Software: LENSware3 included. Higher versions: Suppression Maps/2Channels/BodyLENS
- Video-Games: Not required
- Extra furniture: Not required
- DataBase Service: Not required
- Caps: Not required
- Training: Foundations course /3 days/ 2 higher levels
Do you want to know ALL the Neurofeedback courses in Europe? Read the article Neurofeedback Courses in Europe.
Learn more about LENS Neurofeedback by reading the questions and answers that other therapists have already made.
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