What should I expect during the EEG test?
Before the test, recording electrodes will be attached to your scalp with an adhesive paste or air-dried adhesive. These will be covered with gauze and a net will help secure them. You may wish to bring a scarf or loose fitting hat to cover this wrapping while going home. You must not get the electrodes or recorder wet; therefore, you will not be able to shower or swim until the equipment is removed.
During this test, 24 electrodes will be attached to your head using a special paste, a head stocking to cover all the electrodes and keep them secure, and two small packs that attach to your waist or chest. These packs will contain the recorder where data and the electrode cords are stored.
This test is significant because it will help diagnose what could be causing your symptoms. The electrodes attached to your head pick up the electrical activity coming from your brain and show up as waveforms on our screen. We then read those waves and gather information about how your brain is functioning. We look for signs of seizure activity, stroke damage, memory loss, and causes for dizziness or headaches among other indicators. There is no pain associated with this test nor should you experience any side effects. The electrodes do not emit any electrical activity.
What happens after the EEG test is done?
The results will be read and interpreted by a board-certified Neurologist who will make further recommendations. This interpretation with your consent can be forwarded to your primary care physician or neurologist for further recommendations including treatment options.
Can I work from home during the test?
Yes, but only if your activity is not stressful or strenuous. Sweat may interfere with the electrodes being securely applied to your scalp, which will interrupt data capture.
How long will it take to get my test results?
Test results will be sent directly to your healthcare provider within 5 business days of test completion
Will my test results be confidential?
Yes, all patient test results are stored in a HIPAA/PHI compliant server, and only shared directly with your ordering physician.
Do I need to go to the hospital for an EEG test?
No, ambulatory EEG testing will be done in your home. The testing company will send registered technician to set-up the equipment and apply the wires to your scalp, and when the test is complete, their technician will return to your home to remove the wires and retrieve the equipment.
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