An electroencephalogram, or EEG, is a noninvasive diagnostic test used to view and evaluate the brain’s electrical activity. The brain’s activity is recorded as a series of waves called traces that correspond to different parts of the brain.
Conditions Diagnosed with EEG
At Temple, EEG is used to diagnose seizures disorders, such as epilepsy, that are linked to changes in the brain’s electrical signals. EEG may also be used to monitor sleeping patterns associated with sleep problems. Depending on the results of your EEG test, you may be referred on for further testing and evaluation.
How EEG Works
During the test, small sensors called electrodes are placed on your head with a sticky adhesive or special cap. A recording device is then connected to the electrodes. It sends the signals to a computer that produces a printout of your brain wave activity.
The EEG technician may also stimulate the patient’s senses to see how the brain responds. For example, the technician may shine a light in your eyes to activate the vision area of the brain.
The procedure is painless and takes about 90 minutes. You will either lie down or sit in a comfortable position. After the procedure, you may go home and proceed with normal activities.
Temple offers both continuous and long-term monitoring. For patients with intractable or uncontrolled recurrent seizures or suspicion of a seizure disorder, video EEG can provide more information.
Why Temple Health for EEG?
Electroencephalogram (EEG) is just one of many diagnostic tests and procedures available at Temple Health. We strive to provide the Philadelphia region with state-of-the-art technology in a comfortable and compassionate setting.