Neurodiagnostics consists of diagnostic testing of the nervous system. These tests may be ordered as part of a complete neurological ssessment and consultation, and must be interpreted by a neurologist.
Electroencephalography (EEG) is the study of the electrical activity of the brain. A brief (less than 1 hour) study is typically performed to evaluate seizures and syncope (passing out) as well as other changes in awareness that may be related to other conditions such as dementia. Longer studies can be done as an outpatient or inpatient, depending on the circumstances. Patients may also be admitted to the Epilepsy Monitoring Unit at UF Health Shands Hospital to localize and classify seizures. The UF Health Comprehensive Epilepsy Program has the oldest epilepsy surgery program in Florida and is a Level 4 Comprehensive Epilepsy Program as classified by the National Association of Epilepsy Centers.
EEG lab is also accredited by the American Board of Registration of Electroencephalographic and Evoked Potential Technologists.
Evoked Potential testing is a special subset of EEG, which evaluates brain waves provoked by a specific stimulus. Our lab performs Visual (VEP), Brainstem Auditory (BAEP), Upper Somatosensory (USSEP), and Lower Somatosensory (LSSEP) Evoked Potential Testing. These modalities are commonly used in the diagnosis of conditions such as multiple sclerosis, transverse myelitis, and diseases of the spinal cord.
Electromyography and Nerve Conduction Tests (EMG/ NCV) are performed to evaluate the nerves, muscles and neuromuscular junction (the peripheral nervous system) for conditions such as Guillain Barre syndrome, muscular dystrophy, myopathy, myasthenia gravis, and neuropathy.
Transcranial Doppler (TCD) studies use noninvasive Doppler ultrasound to evaluate blockages and spasm of the blood supply to the brain. This is helpful in the evaluation and treatment of stroke and aneurysm, and is performed on both inpatients and outpatients.
All TCD and inpatient tests are done here in the Neurodiagnostic Center. Outpatient EMG testing is conducted at UF Health Neurology - Medical Plaza. Ambulatory, Day, and Sleep tests are conducted at the UF Health Sleep Center in Magnolia Parke.
To obtain a copy of your medical records from UF Health Neurodiagnostic Center, please contact 352-265-0334.
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