EEG, electroencephalogram, is a test that measures patient brain waves and detects electrical activity in the brain using small, metal discs (electrodes) attached to the scalp. Brain cells communicate through electrical impulses and are always active. This activity appears as wavy lines on an EEG recording. EEG can determine changes in brain activity that are useful in diagnosing brain disorders, such as Epilepsy.
A Routine EEG will be performed in a hospital, a patient home, or in a physician’s office, and typically takes 30-60 minutes. An EEG is one of the primary diagnostic tests for epilepsy and other seizure disorders, as well as a host of other brain disorders such as brain tumor, stroke, or head injury. A Routine EEG is typically the first neurodiagnostic step in providing a physician with the data necessary for your diagnosis and treatment.
In Home EEG (AEEG)
An In Home EEG (AEEG) is a safe, painless test performed from the comfort of a patient’s home. Like a Routine EEG, the electrical activity of the brain is recorded to provide a physician with the data for diagnosis and treatment. The difference is that an AEEG is performed from the comfort of a patient’s home, usually over the course of 3-5 days, so that enough data is collected from the brain to make an accurate diagnosis and to develop a treatment plan individualized for each patient. AMS monitors AEEG in real-time to ensure the physician is kept up to date on the patient’s condition during the AEEG study, which ensures the best care. An AEEG is typically ordered when a physician needs more data from a patient’s brain than what was recorded from the Routine EEG, and aids in a more accurate diagnosis and specialized treatment plan.
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Continuous EEG (cEEG) or Long-Term Monitoring (LTM) is the capability of recording an EEG over longer periods of time (hours to days to weeks). cEEG recording is often used in the intensive care unit (ICU), neuro ICU, other inpatient areas of a hospital, or in the home as in AEEG. AMS EEG staff monitors cEEG or LTM in real-time to ensure patients receive the best care and physicians are kept up to date on patient conditions during the cEEG study.
An Epilepsy Monitoring Unit (EMU), otherwise known as a Seizure Monitoring Unit (SMU), is a unit in the hospital specially designed to evaluate, diagnose, and treat seizure disorders in patients of all ages. Often, seizure medications will be safely reduced in order to allow the recording of a seizure. Video EEG technology is used to evaluate and diagnose seizures by gathering data before a seizure starts, during a seizure, and in the recovery phase. This comprehensive data collection allows physicians to develop the best treatment for patients, including medication, stimulation techniques, diet therapy, or surgical intervention.
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