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Why Would A Doctor Order An EEG?

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An EEG (electroencephalogram) is a test that can detect abnormalities that are located in your brain waves. This test is also used to detect abnormalities located in the electrical activity of the brain. A doctor will consider ordering an EEG to diagnose the patient with neurological conditions and disorders of the brain and nervous system. At Nassau Suffolk Neurology, we focus on maintaining the highest standards of clinical excellence to provide each patient with the great care and respect that they deserve. If you are looking for neurology Suffolk County, we are the place to be. Don’t hesitate to reach out to us. If you or anyone you know might need to see a doctor for an EEG, check out our website to learn more.

What Is An EEG and Why Would A Doctor Order It?

An EEG, otherwise known as an electroencephalogram, detects changes throughout brain activity that can be used to determine brain disorders such as epilepsy and other seizure disorders. An EEG is also used to detect:

  • Brain damage from a head injury
  • Brain tumor
  • Encephalopathy (brain dysfunction that is caused by a variety of issues)
  • Encephalitis (brain inflammation)
  • Sleep disorders
  • Stroke
  • Loss of memory
  • Dementia

On the day of an EEG test, you must avoid caffeine consumption because it can alter the test results. Also, don’t use hair products the night/morning before the test. Before the test starts, a technician will measure your head and put marks on your scalp, and then will attach disks (electrodes) to your scalp. Your body motions are captioned on a video camera while the EEG test records your brain waves. A doctor will typically order an EEG test when the doctor feels the need to take a deeper look into your brain and nervous system to detect major neurological disorders. At Nassau Suffolk Neurology, our neurology Suffolk County Dr. Anthony Adamo will examine your brain and nervous system and detect if an EEG test needs to be done. 

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Here at Nassau Suffolk Neurology, neurology Suffolk County, we strive to provide each and every patient with care, dignity, and respect. To schedule an appointment with us, visit our website or call us at (631) 422-8822.