The experienced team of neurologists at The Center for Neurology and Neurophysiology, PA, in Frisco and Southlake, Texas, offers several on-site diagnostic testing options, including an EEG. The providers ensure you have all of the resources you need for an accurate diagnosis to increase your treatment success. Learn more about on-site EEG services by calling the office nearest you or using the online booking system to schedule a consultation.
An electroencephalogram (EEG) is a diagnostic test that can evaluate the electrical impulses occurring in your brain. These impulses are what your cells use to communicate with each other, influencing your movements and biological functions.
An EEG monitors and records patterns of brain wave activity using electrodes attached to your scalp. The electrodes contain wires that connect to the technology and produce wavy lines that highlight brain activity. It’s these lines your provider reviews to identify abnormal activity patterns.
An EEG is an effective diagnostic test for a variety of neurological conditions or disorders. Common conditions an EEG can detect and monitor include:
If you suffer a head injury, an EEG can be useful in determining the type and severity of the injury.
An EEG is a noninvasive, painless procedure that is safe for people of all ages. To ensure the most accurate results, avoid the use of any hair products on your test day.
The Center for Neurology and Neurophysiology provider performing your test can advise you to stop certain medications in advance of your appointment. You should avoid eating or drinking for at least eight hours before your EEG.
During the test, your provider attaches several electrodes on your scalp in different locations. When the electrical impulses move through the electrodes, you won’t feel any abnormal sensations or pain.
Depending on the reason for your test, it can take up to 60 minutes to achieve the necessary results. Once the test is complete, you can expect to go home and get back to your usual activities.
As an experienced neurologist, your provider can determine if there are any abnormalities in your results after a careful review of the brain wave patterns indicated by the test.
If an EEG shows abnormal patterns, your provider may order a physical examination or other neurological tests to identify the cause. In addition to underlying medical conditions, abnormal EEG results can be present due to the use of drugs or alcohol, migraines, and obstruction of blood flow to the brain.
If you need EEG diagnostic testing, contact the office nearest you to schedule an appointment or use the online booking feature.