Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center
1086 Franklin Street
Rose Pavilion, 10th Floor
Johnstown, PA 15905
Phone: (814) 534-5982
To schedule testing, call Central Scheduling at (814) 534-9186.
An EEG, or Electroencephalogram, is a test that records the electrical activity signals of the brain. An EEG can help diagnose Epilepsy, sleep disorders, non-epileptic activity, syncope, Transient Ischemic Attacks, Migraine Headaches, and other neurological issues. This electrical activity is detected by electrodes, or sensors, placed on the patient’s scalp and transmitted to a polygraph that records the activity.
Routine EEG - a brief test non-invasive test that usually only takes 20-40 minutes and allows the doctor to view a patient’s brain wave activity.
Ambulatory EEG - extended EEG that is recorded over a period of time, typically 24 hours, 48 hours, or 72 hours. The patient is set up with a portable unit which they wear throughout the day while the machine records the necessary information. This testing over a prolonged period of time has the ability to capture an abnormality or an event when it happens.
Video EEG - records brain activity and takes a video of your brain at the same time. This is an important early step in the management of seizures because people may have seizures for reasons other than epilepsy. It is also a helpful tool for patients who seizures do not respond to anti-seizure medications because it helps identify what part of the brain is causing the seizures.
Evoked Potential Testing - measures the time it takes for nerves to respond to stimulation
Visual-evoked response (VER or VEP) - eyes are stimulated by looking at a test pattern. Helpful in the diagnosis of MS
Auditory brain stem evoked response (ABER or ABEP) - hearing is stimulated by listening to a tone
Somatosensory evoked response (SSER or SSAEP) - the nerves of the arms and legs are stimulated by electrical impulse
Each type of response is recorded from brain waves by using electrodes taped to the head
BAER Testing – a hearing test known as the brainstem auditory evoked response (BAER) or brainstem auditory evoked potential (BAEP) detects electrical activity in the cochlea and auditory pathways in the brain