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Neurophysiology Tests and Procedures

Electroencephalography (EEG) 

Electroencephalography (EEG) is a recording of the electrical activity or the brain.  It is painless and in fact most relaxing. Small discs called electrodes are placed on the patients head and a recording of the brain wave activity is taken. The test lasts about forty-five minutes. Patient Information Leaflet.

Sleep deprived EEG 

Sleep deprived EEG requires that you stay up from 3am the night before the test preparation is the same as the routine EEG.  This test lasts about an hour and twenty minutes. Patient Information Leaflet.

Nerve conduction studies (NCS) and electromyography (EMG)

Nerve conduction studies (NCS) and electromyography (EMG) are usually carried out by the physician and are used to study nerve and muscle function.  NCS are carried out by applying small electrical impulses to the nerve and the EMG study comprises a small thin needle insertion in the affected muscles. Patient Information Leaflet.

Carpal Tunnel Clinics

Carpal tunnel syndrome is pressure on the median nerve — the nerve in the wrist that supplies feeling and movement to parts of the hand. This nerve tunnel is normally narrow, so any swelling can pinch the nerve and cause pain, numbness, tingling or weakness. Patient information leaflet.

Botulinum toxin clinic 

Botulinum toxin clinic for neurological disorders, is carried out  following assessment by the physician target muscles are injected with a low dose of this toxin which aims to relieve muscle spasm in conditions such as spasticity and dystonia. Patient Information Leaflet.

Epilepsy monitoring unit (EMU)

In the epilepsy monitoring unit (EMU), an EEG is recorded over a period of days. The patient will stay in the hospital in a two bedded room specially designed for this purpose.  This unit is used for the classification of epilepsy and aid in the diagnosis of epilepsy. Patient Information Leaflet.