Electroencephalogram (EEG)

A patient dealing with a disease of the central nervous system, such as epilepsy, may be treated with an Electroencephalogram (EEG) available at Mary Greeley Medical Center.

An EEG test uses special sensors, or electrodes, to measure and record the electrical activity of a brain. Electrodes transmit to a computer to record your brain's electrical activity on the screen or on paper as wavy lines. Seizures are indicated by changes in the normal electrical pattern. An EEG can be used to diagnose certain conditions, check for consciousness or dementia problems, review sleep disorders, watch brain activity during surgery, and differentiate between physical or mental health problems.

EEGs are painless and safe. There are other types of EEGs, including Video EEG, brain mapping, and ambulatory EEG monitoring.

Using Electroencephalogram (EEG) at Mary Greeley Medical Center

Epilepsy and other seizure disorders are characterized by recurring convulsions and loss of consciousness as uncontrolled waves of electrical discharges sweep through the brain. In most cases, the cause is unknown.  Fortunately, modern medicine has advanced to the point where most people with these disorders can lead normal, active lives.

At Mary Greeley Medical Center, we focus on a team approach to diagnose and treat central nervous system disorders. That includes:

  • Evaluation and treatment by our board-certified neurologists, with a long-term care plan with inpatient or outpatient EEG monitoring, which allows our trained staff to observe seizure events and study the patient's brain waves.
  • Various tests, in addition to the EEG, can help pinpoint seizure disorders. These include neuropsychological testing and SPECT scanning, a high-tech imaging procedure.
  • Surgical intervention when appropriate. There are a number of surgical options available to a person suffering with these conditions.
  • Opportunities to participate in clinical trials for treatment options.

Our physicians and nurses are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to care for people with a seizure disorder. A neurologist trained in the treatment of epilepsy is a member of this care team.

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