“We want to make the practitioners life easier, and in doing so, we’re going to make sure that patients with intractable chronic dizziness vestibular and balance problems are given the very best care possible.”
— Dr. Gans
We have prepared this balance test system comparison so that you may see how different technologies stack up. This is not intended to be a company or product specific balance test device comparison. We just figured it would be useful to have an overview of what differentiates balanceback to others who have a balance test equipment. Comparison on a product by product level is not provided.
The difference between our iVNG goggles and typical VNG goggles:
- Patient Comfort
- Accurate Answers
- Consistent Responses
- Pre-programmed with optional testing templates
- Automatic calculations
- Automatic reporting
- Storing of complete patient medical log and testing history
- Intuitively tests both eyes simultaneously
Balance Test Comparison of Equipment
|balanceback™ iVNG||VNG||ENG||Manual Balance Test|
|Overview||balanceback™ is the next generation of VNG testing that uses intuitive VNG software. Patented and proven innovative technology, provides the most user friendly, fast and accurate testing in the industry.||Videonystagmography diagnostic equipment is a technology for testing inner ear and central motor functions, a process known as vestibular assessment. It involves the use of infrared goggles to trace eye movements during visual stimulation and positional changes.||Electronystagmography is a diagnostic test to record involuntary movements of the eye caused by a condition known as nystagmus. It can also be used to diagnose the cause of vertigo, dizziness or balance dysfunction by testing the vestibular system.||Berg balance test; Tinetti balance test; Romberg Test; Epley balance test/maneuver, etc.|
|Test Time||Optional Testing Templates
5 Minute Stat Test
10 Minute Express Test
20-30 Minute A/B Test
+ Custom Test Options
|30-45 minutes — more expensive to administer.||60-120 minutes, therefor expensive.||Hours. Tedious, time consuming, therefor expensive.|
|Nystagmus & SPV Calculation Data||Automatically calculates SPV; provides a significant amount of labor cost savings. You may also mark or edit SPV calculations and nystgamus points.||Examiner has to manuall measure SPV/Nystagmus points and mark the selection. Increases risk of user error. Increased labor costs due to increased time taken to manally mark your own data.||Some automate the process. Most require the examiner to manually measure SPV/Nystagmus points and mark the selection. Increases risk of user error. Increased labor costs due to increased time taken to manally mark your own data.||No. Archaic. Unreliable. Manually written — tedious, time consuming, therefor expensive.|
|Limitations||balanceback™ iVNG can be used to test nearly all patients, including those with ptosis (droopy eye lids) and other eye abnormalities. Patients with permanent makeup, muscle weakness and Bells’s Palsy can also be tested.||VNG may be enable testing patients with ptosis and similar eye abnormalities. Patients with permanent make up cannot be tested due to eye tracking issues.||Patients with absent corneo-retinal potential or muscle weakness cannot be tested. Many older patients develop skin reactions to electrodes. ENG cannot be used on patients with pacemakers.||Numerous. Guess work. Archaic. Unreliable.|
|Dual Cameras||Included. Test BOTH EYES simultaneously, or individually.||Not standard. Requires examiner to manyually move camera to either side of the face to test different eyes.||No.||No.|
|On-the-Spot Interpretative Report||On-the-Spot interpretive report printed immediately after test. Includes results flow chart, further documenting the steps followed and accuracy in logic flow. Test results are available immediately following testing, including time saving, automated Nystagmus detection and SPV calculations.||No. Test results may need to be analyzed and sent to a neurologist for an interpretive diagnosis.||Some include interpretive reports. Others may need to be analyzed and sent to a neurologist for an interpretive diagnosis.||No. Manually written — tedious, time consuming, therefor expensive.|
|Medical History Logs||Creates and stores complete patient medical log and testing history in a HIPPA compliant environment.||Not standard||Not standard||Manually — tedious, time consuming, therefor expensive.|
|Eyes Closed||Optional. Patient is not required to close eyes. This eliminates Bells’s phenomenon as well as the need for concentration or mental tasking on the patient.||Patient is not required to close eyes. This eliminates Bells’s phenomenon as well as the need for concentration or mental tasking on the patient.||N/A||Optional – not required.|
|Headset||Built for patient comfort. No weird appendages protruding from the VNG goggles.||Ugly. Prone to causing discomfort.||No||No|
|Mobility||Yes. balanceback™ iVNG is fully mobile on a portable stand.||Not standard||No||Yes|
- Standard Tests Include
- Smooth Pursuit
- Head Rotation (HFHS)
balanceback® Next Gen i-VNG Device can identify these disorders quickly and effectively:
Trauma & Stroke
What’s the ‘i’ in iVNG?
The “Internet Of Things” has evolved into many devices now connected to the Internet. As you’ve seen, most internet connected devices’ names are preceded by the letter ‘i’.
The Intuitive iVNG Difference
In our case, the ‘i’ stands for Intuitive. balanceback™ appended the VNG with an ‘i’. iVNG uses intuitive VNG software — patented and proven innovative technology, provides the most user friendly, fast and accurate testing in the industry.
It is an intuitive system, pertaining to being pre-programmed with optional testing templates, automatic calculations, automatic reporting, storing of complete patient medical log and testing history. Furthermore, balanceback iVNG intuitively tests both eyes simultaneously.
The innovative, patented iVNG goggles contain one IR light source and one JR camera for each eye. The JR video cameras sense the infrared signal reflected from the eyes and create a continuous monochromatic (grayscale) video motion picture stream of the eyes.