Clinical Neurophysiology diagnostic Tests; EEG (Electroencephalography), NCS (Nerve Conduction Studies) and EMG (Electromyography) are offered to assess the central and peripheral nervous system functions by measuring electrical activity in the brain, spinal cord, nerves and muscles.
The electroencephalogram (EEG) is a medical test used to measure the electrical activity of the brain, via electrodes applied to your scalp. The EEG is also commonly called a brain wave test. It’s a safe painless procedure that uses a machine to translate the electrical activity of the brain into a series of wavy lines. EEG can help diagnose a number of conditions, most commonly epilepsy.
NCS and EMG (Nerve Conduction Study and Electromyography):
What is a Nerve Conduction Study?
A Nerve Conduction Study (NCS) is an electrical study of your nerves. It involves having small electrical impulses applied to the skin over the nerves. These pulses will cause the muscles to contract. Nerve conduction studies measure how well and how fast the nerves can send electrical signals.
What is Electromyography?
Electromyography, or EMG, is a diagnostic procedure which measures the electrical activity of muscles at rest and during contraction. This involves putting a small, needle electrode into the muscles to assess their health and the nerve cells that control them. The needle electrode is approximately the same size as an acupuncture needle. These tests help in the diagnosis of conditions and diseases involving nerves and muscles. They will help your doctor to decide on the cause of your symptoms and plan the best treatment for you.
Please bring to your appointment :
- Your Medicare Card (as we have electronic medicare claiming facilities)
- A list of all the medications you are currently taking; and
- The Test Request Form from your referring Doctor.
If your Doctor is faxing the request form, please check with the team at CNC Victoria ahead of appointment time to check that the form has arrived, as the test cannot proceed without a referral letter or request form.