The certified technicians that make up our neurodiagnostics team at the Bob Smittcamp Family Neuroscience Institute use advanced technological equipment to measure electrical activity within your brain and nervous system. These measurements are reviewed by your neurologist, and the results shared with your primary care or referring physician.

 

Neurodiagnostic procedures 

  

Electromyography (EMG) assesses the health of muscles and the nerves (motor neurons) that control them. When you move a muscle, motor neurons transmit electrical signals that cause the muscle to contract.

An EMG translates these signals into graphs, sounds or numerical values that can be interpreted by a specialist to help your doctor diagnose your condition. Your EMG results could help diagnose or rule out things like muscular dystrophy, carpal tunnel syndrome, herniated disks or sclerosis.

Your doctor may order an EMG if you have:

  • Tingling

  • Numbness

  • Muscle weakness

  • Muscle pain or cramping

Electroencephalogram (EEG) can detect problems in the electrical activity of the brain.

Brain cells communicate using electrical impulses. An EEG records the electrical activity of your brain via electrodes attached to your scalp. Changes in normal brain activity are useful in diagnosing brain conditions such as:

  • Epilepsy

  • Loss of consciousness or dementia

  • Sleep disorders (narcolepsy)

  • Nervous system problems

  • Mental health problems

Your physician’s office may schedule your appointment by calling (559) 459-3960.