Measuring Electrical Activity
An EEG (Electroencephalogram) is a painless test to measure and record the electrical activity of your brain. Electrodes are attached to your head and connected by wires to a computer. The computer records your brain’s electrical activity, which our neurologists then view to determine if there are any changes to the normal pattern of your brain’s electrical activity. This study is used for a number of clinical situations including further evaluation of someone who has experienced a loss of consciousness or to help confirm seizures.
The physician who ordered the tests usually has the results within 24 hours.
Frequently Asked Questions
Who administers the tests?
The test is performed by a technician specially trained to perform EEG studies. The EEG results are interpreted by your Neurology Consultants of Kansas neurologist who has had specialized training in EEG interpretation.
How do I prepare for the tests?
- Wash your hair the night before the test
- Do not use any oils, sprays or conditioners on your hair.
- Do not change or stop medications without first talking to your health care provider.
- Avoid all beverages and/or foods containing caffeine for 8 hours before the EEG.
- It is sometimes necessary to sleep during the test, so you need to reduce your sleep time
- Do not sleep more than 5 hours the night before the test. You should have a driver for safety reasons.
Where do I go to have the tests?
This test is at Neurology Consultants of Kansas, conveniently located in east Wichita, just east of 21st Street and K-96 in The Collective at 2135 N. Collective Lane.