○ Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) has been widely utilized to diagnose brain disorder, but it could not show how healthy one’s brain is.
BHQ (Brain Healthcare Quotient) is an index that represents the state of brain health. It was not possible to quantify the brain's health condition; however, through the analysis of brain image data collected with MRI, it has become possible to successfully quantify and visualize it, similar to how IQ indicates human intelligence.
An increase in BHQ signifies an improvement or enhancement of brain health, while a decrease indicates a decline in brain health. Typically, BHQ decreases with aging, with an average annual decrease of approximately 0.6 points. To maintain or increase BHQ, it is necessary to lead a brain-friendly lifestyle, and for that purpose, BHQ Actions have been developed as guidelines. (Learn more about BHQ Actions: HYPERLINK)
○ BHQ was approved as “a numerical indicator representing physical characteristics of the brain that are purported to be indicative of some state of a health related condition” by International Telecommunication Union, a specialized agency of the United Nations. (ITU-T H.861)