Neurology Consultants of Kansas

EMG / NCT Testing (Electromyography / Nerve Conduction Testing)

Complete Diagnostic Evaluation

Electromyography (EMG) and nerve conduction testing (NCT) measure the extent and severity of a suspected underlying disease process. These studies help your doctor determine if a disease is affecting nerves or muscles. EMG/NCT help understand the cause of numbness, tingling, pain, weakness, and/or muscle wasting. The results of these tests help your doctor pinpoint the issue and guide appropriate treatment. The tests are done in combination to provide the most complete diagnostic evaluation and usually take 30-60 minutes depending on the number of nerves and muscles being tested.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What are these tests?

    Electromyography (EMG) and Nerve Conduction Testing (NCT) measure the extent and severity of a suspected underlying disease process. These studies help your doctor determine if a disease is affecting nerves or muscles.

  • Why do I need these tests?

    EMG/NCT are usually ordered by your doctor to help understand the cause of numbness, tingling, pain, weakness, and / or muscle wasting. The results of these tests help your doctor decide what is wrong and guide appropriate treatment.

  • What happens during and after the tests?

    The tests are done in combination to provide the most complete diagnostic evaluation. The tests usually take 30-60 minutes depending on the number of nerves and muscles being tested. The testing is performed solely by one of our board-certified neurologists.

    During the NCT, the neurologist measures nerve impulses traveling through the nerve, looking for possible nerve injury.

    During the EMG, muscle activity is recorded through a fine needle inserted into the muscle. Muscle activity is measured at rest and while active.

    You may experience some mild discomfort with either of these tests.

    You will be able to return to normal daily activities after the tests.

    The physician who ordered the tests usually has the results within 24 hours.

  • Who administers the tests?

    Neurology Consultants of Kansas neurologists are board certified in Neurology, as well as Electrodiagnostic Medicine. They are specially trained to perform and interpret both EMGs and NCTs

  • How do I prepare for the tests?

    The extremity or extremities being tested should be clean and free of lotions, oils, perfumes, and powders. Routine medications and meals can be taken prior to the tests. A gown will be provided should it be necessary.

  • Where do I go to have the tests?

    These tests are performed in specially designed procedure rooms 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.

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