Neurodiagnostic Testing and Monitoring
Neurodiagnostics is the study of electrical activity in the brain and nervous system. Neurodiagnostics includes:
Electroencephalography (EEG): A painless test that records the electrical activity of the brain. EEGs aid in the diagnosis of a variety of neurological problems, from common headaches and dizziness to seizure disorders such as epilepsy, strokes, and degenerative brain disease. The EEG is also used to look for organic causes of psychiatric symptoms and disabilities in children, and can assist physicians in determining irreversible brain death.
Neonatal Auditory Brainstem Evoked Potential Screening: This screening is performed on all high risk and premature (under 32 weeks) infants to to assess dysfunctions of the auditory pathways within the auditory nerve and brainstem at both high and low frequency settings.
Evoked Potential (EP): The EP is a recording of electrical activity from the brain, spinal nerves, or sensory receptors in response to specific external stimulation. Electrodes are applied to the scalp and other areas of the body and a series of stimuli is introduced. Hundreds to thousands of responses are received, amplified, and averaged by a computer. Evoked potentials are helpful in evaluating a number of different neurological problems, including multiple sclerosis, spinal cord injuries, acoustic neuroma, and optic neuritis. Each type of EP looks at a different neurological pathway: auditory, visual and somatosensory.
For more information on Neurodiagnostic Testing and Monitoring, call (208) 381-2058.