VIDEO EEG

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 What is Video-EEG monitoring ?
What must I be admitted to CIIMS for video-EEG monitoring ?
What can I expect during video-EEG monitoring ?
 
 



 
 
Q. What is Video-EEG monitoring ?
A traditional EEG lasts approximately one half hour and provides a “snapshot” of your brain’s activity during the recording period. Video-EEG monitoring is an extended examination of the brain’s activity and includes two components:
• VIDEO: A video camera will record all of your physical activity while you are on the EEG. This allows for us to detect seizures that occur while you are being monitored and see exactly what happens during a seizure. Technologists and nurses at CIIMS are specially trained in recognizing and responding to seizures.
• EEG RECORDING: While undergoing video-EEG monitoring you will also have a continuous EEG recording. EEG recording enables us to detect seizure activity, even if you are not aware of it happening. This information indicates where in your brain seizures begin, thus helping us to diagnose the type of seizure you experience, as well as showing us how your brain functions during a seizure.
 
     
 
Q. What must I be admitted to CIIMS for video-EEG monitoring ?

I Video-EEG equipment is very specialized and not available at most hospitals. It takes a specially trained staff of EEG technologists and nurses as well as physicians with advanced training in EEG interpretation and epilepsy treatment to provide you with a comprehensive and safe evaluation as well as accurate diagnosis of your seizure disorder.

 
     
 
Q. What can I expect during video-EEG monitoring ?

While you are in the hospital you are under the care of and seen daily by one of our neurologists. You will be asked questions about your past medical history and your seizures, including a description of a typical seizure. If you are unable to provide this information, we encourage you to bring along a family member or friend who can.
• Once admitted, EEG electrodes will be applied to your scalp and the technologist will perform a standard EEG test. Then the electrodes will be connected to a video-EEG monitor.
The camera will be turned on and your evaluation begins. The cable that attaches the EEG wires to the monitoring machine is long enough for you to be able to walk around your room, use the bathroom, sleep, talk, watch television and visit with family and/or friends.
• Your antiepileptic medication(s) may be decreased or stopped while you are in the hospital. The reason for this is that in some cases we try to induce seizures.
• In case of frequent seizures, a intravenous line will be placed in one of your veins to be used in the event that we need to rapidly administer medicine to stop seizures.