How to prepare for your Loreta scan or Loreta Neurofeedback

Please eat according to your usual schedule, get a good night sleep (8 hours or more if possible) and arrive a few minutes early.

Please wash your hair and scalp the morning of the session and DO NOT use any styling gels, hair spray, hair treatments, conditioners, oils or any other preparations that might interfere with sensor connections to the scalp. For children, a recent haircut is helpful and hair should be brushed or combed. You will also end up with a lot of paste in your hair (washes out easily with water).  You may want to bring a hat or scarf to cover your head after the appointment.


Please continue to take your prescribed medications

Avoid taking:

  • Nicotine for 3 hours prior to testing
  • Caffeine for 8 hours prior to testing
  • Alcohol for 12 hours prior to testing
  • Over-the-counter medications, recreational drugs including marijuana, herbal teas and/or other herbal preparations and any other stimulants (including ephedrine) for 72 hours prior to testing


Please avoid anti-histamines, cold remedies and allergy medicines unless prescribed by your physician. If you are using prescribed versions of these medications and your physician has instructed you to take these “PRN” or “as needed” it would be best if you did not use them prior to your evaluation unless you cannot function without them.


If you or your child is taking stimulant medication (Ritalin, etc.) or other ADHD medication please check with your physician regarding delaying the morning dose until after the evaluation is complete. This is not mandatory but if the medication is taken, testing will produce results that are influenced by the medication rather than being a true picture of the un-medicated state of the individual being evaluated. If your child normally takes “medication holidays” on weekends for example or if your physician agrees, then plan to avoid the AM dose until after the evaluation.


Have more questions about how to prepare for your Loreta scan?

C. Laird Birmingham MD
Specialist in Internal Medicine
Epidemiologist & Biostatistician
Professor of Psychiatry UBC
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