An EEG (electroencephalogram) test is ordered if you or your child has had a seizure, think they may be having seizures or other possible abnormal brain activity. This is a painless test which records the electrical activity in the brain. The results of an EEG will help doctors when they are making a diagnosis or decisions about other medical testing or treatment.
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During a routine EEG, brain waves will be recorded for about 30 minutes. It takes about the same amount of time to prepare for the recording. The entire procedure usually takes 60-90 minutes. The test is performed by an EEG technologist. Electrodes are gently applied to the scalp and held in place by a paste that can be washed off easily when the test is over. Dr. McIntosh will then interpret the brainwave information and produce a report with the findings.
Dr. McIntosh is Board-Certified in Neurology with Special Qualification in Child Neurology. He has received extensive training and experience over the years starting back in 2002 with General Pediatrics, Adult Neurology and Child Neurology Residencies at the University of California, Irvine. He subsequently built a successful private practice in Laguna Niguel. He is frequently called upon to lead educational programs and serves in several medical advisory roles. Rest assured that every EEG study is personally read and reported by Dr. McIntosh.
Meet Our Technician
Chelsea earned her Neurodiagnostic Technology Degree in 2012 and is a Board-Certified Technician. She has helped transform our small EEG Lab into a state-of-the-art Neurodiagnostic Center. Her vast experience includes inpatient epilepsy monitoring, pediatric and adult outpatient and ambulatory EEG testing. Most importantly, she translates these impeccable credentials into a unique testing experience through her patience and professionalism.
Scheduling, Authorizing and Billing
Sharon has years of experience and has been with us since the opening of our Neurodiagnostic Center. She is an expert at guiding families through the entire process including scheduling, verification of benefits, and insurance billing. She has dealt with nearly every imaginable situation and is an excellent resource for EEG testing information and office questions. She manages to do all of this with the utmost professionalism, kindness and attention to detail.
If epilepsy waves occur only once every few hours, or if they happen only after an hour of sleep, for instance, a routine EEG will usually be normal. An ambulatory EEG allows brain waves to be recorded for up to 48 hours in your home. This test is performed similarly to a routine EEG; however, after set up in our office, the equipment is taken home with electrodes attached to the scalp and a recording device in a very small pack. When the test period is over, the electrodes are removed at home and the recorder brought back to the office for interpretation by Dr. McIntosh. In some situations, and depending on your location, our technician will be able to do the entire set up and electrode removal at your home.
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