In addition to the history, physical, and neurological examinations, sometimes further tests are needed. Please call our office to check the results of all tests if you have not heard within one or two days.
An EEG is a painless, non-invasive test which monitors electrical activity in the brain. Ideally, the EEG would capture one of the events. (However, this is rarely possible except during continuous in-patient video EEG monitoring.) Even in between clinical symptoms, though, we can learn a lot about a child's tendency towards seizures from the routine EEG. Sometimes, the test is also indicated for the evaluation of developmental, behavioral or movement issues.
An MRI is an imaging technique that uses no ionizing radiation (no X-rays) in order to provide high quality images of the brain, spine, or other areas. Only occasionally is a safe intravenous contrast injection required. If needed, this will be discussed in advance.
MRIs are painless. Usually, children five years or older do fine without any sedation. (See Sedation below.) Most children do not have claustrophobia. (Think about it: they like hiding under beds.) If claustrophobia is an issue, an open MRI can be arranged.
Your doctor may discuss the need for sedation for younger children during certain procedures. If sedation has been ordered:
|If your child is ill or congested, please call to check before any sedated procedure.|
|Do not give anything to eat or drink for 3-4 hours before the sedation is given.|
|Bring the child tired to the test. (It is easier to fall asleep if he is already tired. No naps in the car on the way to the test!)|
|If we are doing an EEG in our office, we will provide the sedative at the office.|
|Otherwise, please fill the sedative prescription and bring the bottle with you to the testing center. Do not give the medication until you are there.|
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