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Pediatric Outpatient Video EEG (Electroencephalogram) (6598)

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Pediatric Outpatient Video EEG (Electroencephalogram)

Name ____________________________________________________

Appointment Date __________________________________________

Appointment Time __________________________________________

Arriving for your EEG

ξ To get to the EEG Lab, take Main
Street on the 2nd floor to the J
ξ Go through the H elevator lobby to
the EEG desk and check in.
ξ If this is your child’s first visit to the
University of Wisconsin Hospital
and Clinics, please allow extra time
to register. Volunteers at the main
desk can direct you.
ξ Your EEG appointment is in the
EEG lab, J module/ 2nd floor.
ξ You must stop and register 15
minutes before your scheduled
ξ Registration is on the main floor as
you make your way on ‘Main Street’
to the EEG lab in the J module.
ξ Follow ‘Main Street’ towards the J
module. Registration will be on your
right hand side.
ξ After registration, continue right on
‘Main Street’ through the H elevator
lobby to the J lobby.
ξ Please check in at the EEG desk.

What is an EEG?
This test helps us to find out more about the
kind of seizures or events your child may be
having. During the test, your child’s actions
and behaviors are recorded by a camera.
This is paired with an EEG recording of
your child’s brain wave activity.
Sometimes, movements may look like
seizures, but they are not. If your child has
seizures, this study will help us learn how
strong they are and how often they occur. It
will also help us find out what part of the
brain the seizures are coming from.

This test will also help us decide if your
child is having silent seizures. These are
seizures that occur without any physical
signs. Changes can be seen on the EEG
with this type of seizure.

The test is painless. There will not be any
shots or special medicines used. Small
metal disks will be placed on your child’s
scalp. Your child’s hair will be moved out
of the way. These disks will be held in
place using special glue, made just for this

A gel (salt jelly) will be placed in each disk.
The gel allows us to pick up your child’s
brainwaves. We will wrap your head and
the wires with a gauze bandage to keep them
secure for the day.

The time needed for an outpatient video
EEG may be from 2 to 8 hours.
ξ Try to arrive 15 minutes before
scheduled test time.
ξ You and your child will be in a large,
comfortable room for the day. There
will be a TV/VCR/DVD along with a
Play Station for games in the room.
ξ You and your child will be asked to
stay in this room for as long as the
test takes except to use the restroom
which is just outside the room. An
adult must be with your child at all
ξ Please bring with you any items to
keep you and your child busy such as
books, cross word puzzles, movies,
videos, and other such things.
ξ Your child’s hair must be clean for
this test. Wash it the night before or
in the morning and do not apply a lot
of conditioners, gels, or sprays.
ξ If the test is ordered as ‘Sleep
Deprived’, try to keep your child up
as late as you can the night before.
See the Health Facts for Sleep
Deprived EEG #4207.
ξ You may purchase food items from
the cafeteria or you can bring your
own snacks from home.
ξ When the test is complete, the disks
will be removed with a mineral-oil
based remover. Your child’s hair will
be somewhat oily when you leave.
This will shampoo out. You may
choose to have the disks removed
with nail polish remover to avoid the
problem of oily hair. This has a
strong odor. We will not use it
unless you ask for it.

After the Procedure
Full test reports are almost always ready in 2
weeks. Results may be given over the
phone or at a later visit.

ξ This test may require pre-
authorization from your insurance
ξ Not all insurance companies will pay
for this.
ξ Please call your insurance to find out
if this test is covered.
ξ You may also need a referral from
your primary doctor. If so, ask your
primary doctor for this and send it to
the insurance company. This will
need to be done as soon as possible.
ξ It often takes 2-4 weeks to find out
about coverage. The insurance
company will contact you after they
make their decision.
ξ Because this process can be very
complex, feel free to contact the
HMO desk at (608) 263-8773, if you
have any question or need help with
your insurance.

Phone Numbers
If you have any questions about the test,
please call:

EEG lab at (608) 263-8483, your child’s
nurse at (608) 890-6500 or,

If you live out of the area, call
1-800-323-8942. Ask for the Pediatric
Neurology Clinic.

The Spanish version of this Health Facts for You is #7052.

Your health care team may have given you this information as part of your care. If so, please use it and call if you
have any questions. If this information was not given to you as part of your care, please check with your doctor. This
is not medical advice. This is not to be used for diagnosis or treatment of any medical condition. Because each
person’s health needs are different, you should talk with your doctor or others on your health care team when using
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