EEG - Inpatient
Your doctor has ordered an EEG for you to help find the cause of your symptoms and decide the best treatment for you. If you have any questions, please be sure to ask your doctor or nurse. An EEG technologist will perform the study at your bedside
What is an EEG?
An EEG is a recording of the electrical activity of the brain that helps your physician diagnose a variety of neurological problems, from common headaches and dizziness to seizure disorders, strokes and degenerative brain disease.
It is not painful, and you should feel no ill effects from it. The test will take about an hour. If you came to our clinic, you can leave right away after the test.
A technologist will come to your bedside and place very small metal discs on your scalp using special glue. The discs will be placed at pre-measured spots on your scalp. A gel (salt jelly) will be put on each disc. This gel allows us to pick up your brain waves.
Once the test begins, it is vital that you relax and sit or lay quietly. During the test, a number of special procedures may be done. For instance, you may see a flashing light and you may be asked to breathe deeply for a short time. At the end of the test, the technologist will remove the metal discs and glue. He or she will explain how to remove any glue that may remain on your scalp. Your nurse also has this information
Your doctor will discuss the results of the test with you and recommend treatment, if needed, prior to your going home.
The information provided should not be used during any medical emergency or for the diagnosis or treatment of any medical condition. A licensed physician should be consulted for diagnosis and treatment of any and all medical conditions. Call 911 for all medical emergencies. Any duplication or distribution of the information contained herein is strictly prohibited.
Last Updated: 09/17/2012
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