The Metro Health Neuroscience staff provides testing to help diagnose and treat conditions that affect the nervous system. Below are common tests we perform, what to expect, and how to prepare for each test.
An EEG measures the electrical activity of your brain. This test is commonly used to diagnose epilepsy, see what types of seizures are occurring, and check for problems involving loss of consciousness, confusion, or dementia.
For this test, you’ll need to lie back and relax in a chair while electrodes are attached to your head. To prepare for this test, please do not eat or drink caffeine within eight hours of the test. Your hair should also be clean of sprays, oils, creams, or lotions. Shampooing your hair the night before is allowed, but do not apply conditioner after shampooing.
Electromyogram (EMG) & Nerve Conduction Studies
An (EMG) measures the electrical activity of muscles at rest and during contraction. Nerve conduction studies measure how well the nerves can send electrical signals. This helps to locate the area that is causing pain or problems. With nerve conduction studies you may feel a sensation like the tingling feeling when you hit your “funnybone.” You’ll need to wear loose-fitting clothing and not apply any lotions on your skin for 48 hours prior to the test.
Please pay particular attention to the specific instructions from your doctor about how to prepare for your test!