• Neuro Diagnostics

  • At Parker Adventist Hospital, we have skilled neurosurgeons with expertise to choose the right treatment choice based on an individual's needs. We have a specialized intensive care unit where the nursing staff is trained and skilled in giving the best care to the neuroscience patient.

  • An EEG commonly used for diagnosing seizures (epilepsy), EEGs assist physicians in diagnosing other problems, such as common headaches, vertigo (dizziness), strokes, degenerative brain diseases and other diseases of the brain. Using highly sensitive monitoring equipment, the EEG measures and records electrical signals generated by the brain. This is a painless test, no electrical current is put into your body, that takes approximately 60 to 90 minutes.

    To schedule an appointment, contact the neurodiagnostics lab at 303-269-4670.

    EMG/NCS tests are used to diagnose nerve and muscle disorders in patients with symptoms such as numbness and tingling of extremities, burning of the feet, pain and weakness of extremities.

    The EMG requires the insertion of a small needle that records muscle responses. NCS involves giving a patient small electrical stimuli causing the hand or foot to twitch. These procedures aid in the diagnosis of:

     

    • Carpal tunnel syndrome
    • Peripheral neuropathy
    • Peroneal nerve compression
    • Proximal neuropathy such as Guillain-Barré syndrome
    • Motor neuron diseases such as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)
    • Nerve root compression/lesions such as radiculopathy from a ruptured disk
    • Plexopathy
    • Muscle disorders such as myopathy, myositis, muscular dystrophy, neuromuscular junction diseases such as Myasthenia Gravis and Eaton-Lambert Syndrome

    To schedule an appointment, contact the neurodiagnostics lab at 303-269-4670.

    EP studies provide a measurement of how long it takes an impulse to travel from a point of stimulation through the spinal cord to the brain. There are three EP assessments that can be taken:

    Visual Evoked Potentials (VEP's) - used for neurological assessment of the visual system by generating changes in viewed patterns. Resulting responses correlate closely with features of normal vision such as visual acuity and are consistently reproducible. VEPs aid in the diagnosis of optic neuritis, multiple sclerosis and retrochiasmal and compressive lesions.

    Brainstem Auditory Evoked Potential Studies (BAEPs) - evaluate the nerve pathways from the ear to the brain. The test is used to evaluate stroke, acoustic neuroma, Meniere's disease, multiple sclerosis and the integrity of newborn hearing.

    Somatosensory Evoked Potential Studies (SSEPs) - assess pathways from nerves in the arms or legs, through the spinal cord to the brainstem or cerebral cortex. Electrodes are placed on the scalp and along the spinal cord. A small electrical current is then applied to the skin overlying nerves on the arms or legs, creating a pain-free tingling sensation.  Each leg or arm is tested separately.

    To schedule an appointment, contact the neurodiagnostics lab at 303-269-4670.

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