Video-EEG monitoring as a diagnostic tool

If you experience neurological problems, they can be difficult to diagnose. Neurologists can’t see the brain, so for years we had to base diagnoses on symptoms and static images of the brain. However, we have an extra powerful tool that can help us take a closer look at the brain. Video EEG monitoring can show us what your brain is doing. This can help us make a correct diagnosis and make it easier for you to find the right treatment protocol.

What is the Video EEG Test?

A video EKG (electroencephalograph) is a way to record brain waves while also recording video and audio of what is happening on the outside of the body. The EEG measures the electrical activity of the brain. Changes in electrical activity may indicate seizures, one of the possible causes of neuroatypical behavior.

What Does a Video EEG Test Reveal?

In addition to determining whether physical events are related to changes in your brain waves, an EEG can help pinpoint the area of ​​the brain experiencing the disturbance. This is very important if surgery is a possible part of your treatment plan.

What is involved in an EEG?

During the video EEG monitoring, we attach leads to your head and connect the leads to monitoring equipment. They can be done inpatient or outpatient, depending on your condition and what we are trying to measure. If you have frequent seizures or seizures that we can easily trigger, the EEG process may take only a few hours. Otherwise the test should take longer. Since we may need to lower seizure medications before the EEG, some patients will be hospitalized and monitored for safety during the EEG process.

Are there any special rules during EEG testing?

There may be. Depending on your individual symptoms, we will personalize the rules for your safety. Some patients may not be allowed to get up and move around during their testing. Others usually get unrestricted behavior. We develop your rules based on how often your attacks occur, the type of attacks you have, and the severity of your attacks. Other safety measures include treadmills, seat belts, mittens on your hands, pads on bedding, and oxygen and suction devices on standby. You can usually have visitors, books, and even electronics. However, you may not be able to plug in your electronics due to possible interference with the EEG machines.

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