An EEG is a test used to detect irregularities in the electrical activity of the brain. Brain wave patterns are painlessly tracked and recorded during this procedure. Small metal discs with thin wires (electrodes) are attached to the scalp, and signals are sent to a computer to record the results. Regular brain activity produces recognizable brain wave patterns, while abnormal activity produces irregularities that can indicate seizures or other problems. Various “activation” procedures may be performed during the test to prompt abnormal brain activity; for example, the patient may be asked to look at a flashing light, breathe more quickly than usual, or try to sleep. A routine diagnostic EEG lasts between 30-60 minutes, and can be performed at a doctor’s office, bedside at a hospital, or in a home setting.
Often clinical events and physiological changes in the EEG can be a challenge to correlate during a routine diagnostic EEG. US EEG’s Ambulatory EEG Service increases the opportunity to correlate these events while allowing the patient to continue about their normal activities. Electrodes are applied to the patient, interfaced to a mini-recorder, and then worn by the patient for 72 hours during which time both the EEG and video are recorded. In addition, the patient documents events in a diary.
Studies have shown that the likelihood of catching an episode is higher when the patient is exposed to his or her regular routine and way of life. One of the benefits of Ambulatory Video EEG is that the patient is not restricted to any one room or area. We provide a portable video camera, so the patient can move about the home or even go to work if desired. Another benefit to Ambulatory EEG as opposed to hospital monitoring is the cost differential, with ambulatory EEG costing the patient much less than hospital monitoring, because a facility fee is not charged.
Children require special care and our team has the empathy and mindset to provide unique care. US EEG is the preferred provider for a leading pediatric hospital which has been recognized as one of the top pediatric hospitals in the country by U.S. News & World Report – specifically ranked in neurology.
US EEG can meet the needs of facilities such as hospitals, rehab centers, and long-term care facilities by providing long-term bedside EEGs. At the request of the facility, a US EEG staff member will travel on-site to set up a long-term study in critical care units and med/surg areas. Once set up, the equipment is left bedside and 72 hours of EEG and video data are collected.
US EEG has a team of Neurologists that are available to interpret test data and provide a final report to an ordering physician.