An electroencephalogram (EEG) is a diagnostic test that measures the electrical activity in your brain. Cranford L. Scott MD, Inc, an internal medicine practice in Inglewood, California, offers EEG testing at the office. Dr. Scott uses modern technology so patients can get the testing and treatment they need right away. To schedule your EEG, call the Los Angeles office today or book an appointment online.
An electroencephalogram (EEG) is a diagnostic tool that allows Dr. Scott to evaluate your brain’s activity. The test uses electrodes that track and record the electrical activity in your brain, also called brain waves.
Results from an EEG help Dr. Scott diagnose health conditions that affect the brain, like epilepsy (seizures), dementia, or a brain injury.
You may need an EEG if there’s concern about seizure activity. Seizures occur when there’s a change in brain wave activity. On an EEG, seizures cause rapid spiking waves.
You may also benefit from an EEG if Dr. Scott suspects you have a brain lesion, which may develop after a stroke, or if you have a brain tumor. A brain lesion causes a slowdown in brain wave activity.
Dr. Scott also performs EEGs to diagnose conditions that affect the brain, like Alzheimer’s disease and narcolepsy (sleep disorder). You may also need an EEG following a head injury or to assess blood flow to the brain.
Dr. Scott provides specific instructions on the steps you need to take to prepare for your EEG. You must wash your hair before the test and avoid using any conditioning or other hair products.
Dr. Scott may also request you stop taking any medications or supplements that might interfere with the results of your testing. You also need to avoid caffeine for up to 12 hours before your test. However, you must eat before the test to prevent low blood sugar.
Dr. Scott explains the details of your EEG at your consultation. While you relax in the treatment chair, Dr. Scott attaches electrodes to your scalp.
You then close your eyes and relax, and Dr. Scott starts the EEG. You must remain still during the initial part of the test to establish a baseline of brain wave activity. Dr. Scott may then ask you to do breathing exercises to evaluate brain function during activity.
An EEG at Cranford L. Scott MD, Inc may take an hour or more to complete.
At the end of your test, Dr. Scott removes the electrodes and schedules a follow-up appointment to discuss the results of your EEG.
To find out more about EEG testing at Cranford L. Scott MD, Inc, call the office today or request an appointment online.