How to Prepare for a Neurological Evaluation
Before the Neurological Evaluation
Patient should arrive bathed, with clean hair. Hair gels, sprays and other oily substances should not be used.
If your child is currently being treated for ADHD or any other medical conditions, please inform our scheduler so that we can better prepare for your child’s study.
What to Bring
- Parent or guardian, if patient is less than 18 years of age.
- Insurance card, social security number, name and date of birth of insured
- Patients are invited to bring a favorite DVD, stuffed animal or toy, blanket, a light snack and a water/juice bottle or baby bottle for infants.
During the Neurological Evaluation
Your child’s neurological technician will confirm your medical history and question you and your child about neurological symptoms and behaviors, activities and answer your questions about the electroencephalogram (EEG). You and your child will then be taken to a comfortable suite where the electroencephalogram (EEG) will be performed.
Your technician will attach small lead wires on your child’s head with glue. You may be asked help hold your child or distract him or her while the leads are put into place. Our technicians are experienced in placing these monitors on children of all ages and developmental backgrounds. The leads are small and painless and should be easily removed after the study is complete.
Additional Instructions for Other Types of Neurological Evaluations
Sleep Deprived Electroencephalogram (EEG)
A sleep deprived EEG is a neurological test of the brain and brain waves. Patients who come to their EEG with a “sleepy brain” will yield better test results. The test takes approximately 1 to 2 hours to complete – all EEG’s are customized for your child, so times may vary. The patient’s brain waves are monitored by an experienced pediatric neuro technician. During the test strobe lights may be used or the patient may be asked to blow on a pinwheel to induce hyperventilation.
Additional Preparation Instructions for a Sleep Deprived EEG:
- No more than 4-5 hours of sleep prior to the patient’s scheduled appointment.
- Please! No caffeine the night prior or day of the study.
- Patient may have a light breakfast.
- Patient should continue to take regular medications unless the patient’s doctor states otherwise.
Long Term Monitoring (LTM)
A prolonged EEG test that allows the doctor to review video and audio in a controlled environment for a longer period of time. Study results allow the doctor to monitor your child during daytime and nighttime hours. Tests can last 12, 24, 48, or 72 hours.
Additional Preparation Instructions for an LTM:
- Same as sleep study — please see sleep study instructions.
Multiple Sleep Latency Test (MSLT)
This test usually follows a sleep study and consists of a "series of naps" the morning after a polysomnogram (PSG).
After the Neurological Evaluation
Your study will be reviewed and interpreted by a pediatric neurologist. The results will be sent to your referring physician within five to ten business days after completion of the study. Evaluation time may vary depending on the depth of the study requested by your physician, but results are generally available within this time period.
To receive results, you should contact your child’s physician. If you have further questions regarding the study and its results, appointments are available with our board certified physician. Our technicians are not authorized to discuss their observations regarding your child’s symptoms. This information must come from your referring physician.