Consistent and exceptional patient care
COMPREHENSIVE & INDIVIDUALIZED EEG SERVICES
Our EEG Services
At SpecialtyCare, we know that patient care begins with accurate diagnostics tests. This is why doctors all over the nation depend on us for our leading neurodiagnostic services. At the end of the day, we always guarantee consistent and exceptional patient care. Our expert medical and technical staff have extensive experience and use the latest technology and techniques. One of the main services we offer is electroencephalography (EEG).
Types of EEG Services
Routine EEG: A 20-30 minute EEG recording with the patient awake, drowsy and asleep. Photic stimulation and hyperventilation are usually performed.
Stat EEG: A 20-30 minute EEG recording which is reported to the treating Physician within 1 hour of the end of the study.
Ambulatory EEG: A prolonged EEG recording (at least 24 hours), often with simultaneous video, which is setup in the EEG lab, but portable such that the patient can continue the study at home.
Long-term video EEG monitoring: A prolonged video-EEG study (24 + hours), performed in the hospital (often in the ICU), in which a large same of EEG may be obtained to look for intermittent brain disturbances (such as seizures). May be used to help titrate anti-seizure medications.
Why SpecialtyCare is the Choice for Your EEG Needs
- Reliability. We understand an EEG provider must have staff available when the hospital needs the service. That’s why we offer central scheduling with one main number to call. You are sure to be greeted by a live person each time, as we have dedicated staff on stand-by waiting to answer all calls.
- Communication. Data needs to be communicated in a timely manner and to the correct person as quickly as possible. SpecialtyCare consistently meets this need by developing phone trees, building flow charts, and sharing case study diagrams as proof points.
- Response Time. We know that urgent cases require immediate data, and that’s why we provide staffing 365 days a year, 24/7. You can rely on us to read at any time, no matter the time of day, and without troublesome wait time.
- Quality and Accuracy. You deserve the highest accuracy data and the best quality of staff, and we can offer you both. SpecialtyCare attracts and retains talent thanks to our renown training program and the professional team experience led by Dr. Jeffrey Cohen.
- Growth Expertise. We understand your need to have a partner’s assistance in growing an EEG program. SpecialtyCare has the experience to meet your specific needs to help you meet your growth goals in a way that is only complementary to your in-house team. With the flexibility to work with any equipment or EHR system, we can meet your in-house needs alongside your in-house team.
Our skilled and specialized teams are capable of meeting all of your technical and professional EEG needs in several ways:
Technical EEG Services include a team that comes directly to your patients. They are responsible for setting everything up, running accurate tests, and ensuring that reading physicians are able to view data. They are highly trained, experienced with a vast array of equipment, and are comfortable working in a diverse range of settings, including intensive care units, epilepsy monitoring units, emergency rooms, and outpatient clinics.
Continuous/Long-term Technical EEG Monitoring includes a group of skilled technologists that review data remotely via secure telemedicine platforms. They prune traces in preparation for physician review and alert physicians if a patient needs immediate attention.
Neurologist EEG/LTM Interpretation includes our neurologists who are fellowship-trained and board certified in EEG/LTM interpretation. They provide support for patients of all ages, via secure telemedicine platforms, and will call the primary hospital physician to relay urgent results, as well as place timely reports for your facility’s EHR.
All of these services are available to you, individually or comprehensively, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.
Partner With SpecialtyCare
At a time when change is certain, partners who know how to improve the delivery of healthcare are critical to your success. SpecialtyCare’s patient-focused services minimize clinical variation, resulting in greater patient safety, improved clinical outcomes, and lower costs. As a result, our customers get the reliable, consistent value they need to be leaders.
If your facility is struggling with increased patient transfers, understaffing, or inconsistent staffing, we can help you. Not only can we assist you in meeting the needs of your patients, but our services can also boost your revenue by lowering the amount of patient transfers. At SpecialtyCare, we want to help you assemble a surgical room of excellent support for the patient and to provide the best possible outcome every single time. The patient is always the first and last thing on the minds of our technicians at SpecialtyCare.
If you are a hospital or provider interested in discussing how SpecialtyCare can help build your EEG program, contact us today.
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History of EEG and Neurodiagnostics
Hans Berger, a German psychiatrist, recorded the first findings of electrical activity in the brain in 1929. Berger’s original intent was to discover a basis for psychological phenomena but instead stumbled on the electroencephalogram (EEG). This non-invasive neurodiagnostic procedure detects electrical activity in the brain with small, metal discs called electrodes that connect to your scalp.
After extensive research and demonstrated EEG findings in children, epilepsy, coma, brain pathology, sleep, and normal populations, EEGs were being widely performed across different healthcare facilities by the 1950s. With advanced digital capabilities, EEGs have replaced analog, paper recordings.
In 1959, the American Electroencephalographic Society (AEEGS) established a subsidiary professional group called the American Society of Electroencephalographic Technicians (ASET), which was made up of EEG technicians who were members of AEEGS. Since the first organizational meeting, AEEGS and ASET have grown exponentially. In 2011, AEEGS legally changed its name to the Neurodiagnostic Society. They continue to host events and provide leadership, advocacy, and resources that promote professional excellence, patient safety, and quality care in neurodiagnostics.
FAQ About Electroencephalography
What does this test tell me and my doctor?
Electroencephalography (EEG) is a non-invasive test that helps a physician diagnose or rule out a variety of neurological conditions. An EEG records the electrical activity in the brain similar to how an EKG records the electrical activity in the heart.
Does it hurt?
No, an EEG does not hurt. There is no pain or discomfort associated with this test.
Do I need to do anything to prepare for the test?
For an EEG, aside from your doctor’s orders, you should avoid caffeine for three hours before the exam because an EEG needs to record your brain activity while you are awake, drowsy, and during brief sleep, if possible. Also, your hair should be clean.
How much does it cost?
Costs vary from region to region, state to state, and clinic to clinic. Ask your doctor. Usually, the costs are much less than an X-ray or other imaging methods, like an MRI or CT.
What exactly happens during the test?
You may be asked to turn your head, open and close your eyes, look at flashing lights, or perform a breathing exercise. Mostly, however, the patient is simply asked to lie still and remain quiet.
Are there any side effects of the test?
There are no side effects. There may be some electrode cream in your hair after an EEG, it will easily wash out.
When will I get the results of my test?
Typically, the doctor will receive the results the next day. If there is a need to get the information faster, we can process your results more quickly.