Updated 04 July 2014

ADHD diagnosis device approved

The first medical device designed to help diagnose attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in children and teens has been approved.


The first medical device designed to help medical professionals diagnose attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in children and teens has been approved by the US Food and Drug Administration.

The Neuropsychiatric EEG-Based Assessment Aid (NEBA) records and analyzes electric impulses produced by the brain's nerve cells, the agency said in a news release. The non-invasive device, which takes about 20 minutes to produce complete results, measures brain wave frequencies called theta and beta waves. The theta/beta ratio has been shown to be higher in young people with ADHD, the FDA said.

Citing the American Psychiatric Association, the FDA said about 9 percent of US adolescents have ADHD, and the average age of diagnosis is 7 years. Children with ADHD typically have behaviour problems, trouble paying attention and hyperactivity.

Device maker NEBA Health submitted data from a clinical study of 275 children and adolescents, ranging in age from 6 to 17. The study found that the new device helped professionals better diagnose children with ADHD when combined with a psychological assessment, compared to a psychological assessment alone.

NEBA is based in Augusta, Georgia.

More information

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has more about ADHD.

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