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Electroencephalogram

EEG is the recording of the brain's spontaneous electrical activity over a short period of time. Electroencephalogram (EEG) is a noninvasive test that is used to detect electrical activity in the brain. This process is done by using small, flat electrodes that attach to the scalp. Cells within the brain communicate with one another vial electrical pulses within the brain. Electrical impulses such as this occur no matter whether an individual is awake or asleep. Through the use of an EEG it allows for medical providers to assess the brain activity within the human body.

Neurologists rely heavily on EEG’s for diagnostic testing for Epilepsy patients.

Not only do EEG’s assist in helping diagnose Epilepsy patients, they also assist in diagnosing other brain disorders. An EEG can determine changes in brain activity that is useful for diagnosing brain disorders. Some of the disorders that can be tested include but are not limited to the following:

  • Brain activity during a coma
  • Brain tumors
  • Certain forms of brain dysfunction
  • Dementia
  • Epilepsy or other seizure disorder
  • Brain/Head injury
  • Inflammation of the brain (encephalitis)
  • Sleep disorders
  • Stroke

EEG’s are designed to be safe and painless and allow for physicians to read and understand the brain in a variety of states whether a patient is asleep, in a coma, or even experiencing a seizure.

Neurocritical Care

Neurocritical care is medical care for critically ill neurological and neurosurgical patients, including stroke, brain hemorrhage, trauma and tumors. These patients require close and constant watch. At North Shore Medical Center, we have a specially trained teams and critical care units to provide our patients with the care needed to recover.

Our provision of Neurocritical care is designed specifically to address the clinical needs of our critically ill neurological and neurosurgical patients and improve their outcomes. Our Center is equipped with advanced invasive monitoring and treatment techniques.

Neuro Intensive Care monitoring techniques offered include:

  • Intracranial Pressure Monitoring
  • Transcranial Doppler Ultrasonography
  • Continuous Electroencephalographic (EEG) Monitoring

Who is involved in your care?

At North Shore Medical Center, we understand our critically ill neurological patients need comprehensive multisystem care. Our Neurocritical Care teams are comprised of healthcare professionals who are trained and experienced in both the neurological and medical management of our patients. Our Multidisciplinary Teams are led by critical care trained Neurologists. Together- our medical physicians, Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner, and Registered Nurses provide comprehensive and continuous bedside care.

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