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Frequently asked questions 

What exactly is an EEG?

  •          An EEG (electroencephalogram) does for your brain what an EKG does for your heart, it monitors the electrical activity. With our ambulatory EEG abilities, we are able to record your brain’s electrical signals for 24-72 hours while you go about your daily routine in the comfort of your own home! During an EEG, a technician places small metal disks (electrodes) on your scalp. A team of technologist and a neurologist will monitor the live activity for the duration of the exam. Once the test is complete, you can then remove the disposable electrodes, and return the equipment. The EEG results will be interpreted by one of our neurologist and the results will be sent to your referring physician. 

How to prepare for your EEG

  • Wash your hair the night before but do not use any hair products. Hair products such as leave in conditioners, hair sprays and gels will make it difficult for the electrodes to stick to your scalp. Your hair must be clean and dry. 

  • Avoid any and all caffeine on the day of the test because this can affect your results. If you are having a 24-72 hour EEG, avoid caffeine throughout the entire study.

  • Take your usual medications unless instructed otherwise by your physician. 

What to do during your EEG

  • Perform the list of activation procedures that is provided to you

  • Keep the equipment out of direct sun and away from water

  • Keep a log of your daily routine

  • Keep the camera on you at all times to monitor movements

  • Notify the technologist immediately if an electrode has been detached. 

What NOT to do during your EEG

  • Avoid any type of movements that can detach the electrodes from your scalp

  • Do not chew gum or suck on hard candies

  • Do not shower, swim, exercise, wash your hair or submerse your head or the equipment in water

  • Avoid all caffeine and alcohol 

What can an EEG Detect? 

  • The primary use of an EEG is diagnosing epilepsy and other seizure disorders

  • Brain tumors

  • Traumatic brain injuries

  • Stroke

  • Developmental delays 

  • Encephalopathy 

  • Dementia

  • Brain infections

  •  Attention disorders

  • Sleep disorders 

Who will be performing and interpreting the EEG?

  • A qualified tech or technologist will apply and set up the equipment. 

  • A team of registered technologist and a neurologist will monitor the EEG in real-time during the duration of the study.

  • Our medical director Dr. Karen Lin, a neurology specialist, will do the final interpretation of the EEG and the results will be sent back to the referring physician. 

Benefits of in-home EEG

  • No more travel expenses!

  • Cuts the insurance cost by roughly 50% 

  • No extra stress from being in a hospital 

  • You get to go about your daily routine

  • Schedule your EEG within a few days rather than a few months waiting for a hospital bed

  • Results are more accurate with an in-home EEG