Neurodiagnostics analyzes and monitors nervous system function to promote the effective treatment of neurological diseases and conditions. Technologists record electrical activity arising from the brain, spinal cord, and peripheral nerves using a variety of techniques and instruments. North Oaks offers Routine EEG (Electroencephalogram), Ambulatory EEG, and Video EEG Monitoring.
What is the purpose of an EEG? (Electroencephalography)
An EEG measures and records the electrical activity of the neurons (brain cells). EEG is the common diagnostic test ordered by healthcare providers when epilepsy is suspected. A routine EEG provides a 20- to 40-minute sample of brain electrical activity, which is often sufficient to help the physician make a diagnosis. Other clinical uses of EEG include: tumors, stroke, head trauma, encephalopathy and brain death.
An ambulatory EEG, can record up to 72 hours of EEG activity with a special recorder that is slightly larger than a portable cassette player. This recorder allows you to go about your normal routine while the EEG is being recorded. Individuals and their family members document the symptoms and abnormal behaviors which can be correlated with the EEG to identify seizures.
A physician may order an ambulatory EEG for a number of reasons:
- To diagnose epilepsy and determine what type of seizures are occurring.
- To distinguish epileptic seizures from other types of seizures that may include fainting spells or migraines.
- To count the number of seizures in patients with epilepsy.
- To evaluate periods of memory lapses.
- To monitor how well anti-epileptic seizure medication is working.
- To study events that occur sporadically.
Neurodiagnostic Services are provided at the following location:
North Oaks Medical Center
15790 Paul Vega, MD, Drive
Hammond, LA 70403
To schedule an appointment, call North Oaks Patient Scheduling between 7 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.