EEG – Inpatient
Your doctor has ordered an EEG for you to help find the cause of your symptoms and
decide the best treatment for you. If you have any questions, please be sure to ask your
doctor or nurse. An EEG technologist will perform the study at your bedside
What is an EEG?
An EEG is a recording of the electrical activity of the brain that helps your physician
diagnose a variety of neurological problems, from common headaches and dizziness to
seizure disorders, strokes and degenerative brain disease.
It is not painful, and you should feel no ill effects from it. The test will take about an
A technologist will come to your bedside and place very small metal discs on your scalp
using special glue. This will take a few minutes. The glue has a strong smell. The discs
will be placed at pre-measured spots on your scalp. A gel will be put on each disc. This
gel allows us to pick up your brain waves.
Once the test begins, it is vital that you relax and sit or lay quietly. During the test, a
number of special procedures may be done. For instance, you may see a flashing light
and you may be asked to breathe deeply for a short time. At the end of the test, the
technologist will remove the metal discs and glue. There will be glue that remains in
your scalp and your hair. Your nurse can help you with this.
Your doctor will discuss the results of the test with you and recommend treatment, if
needed, prior to your going home.
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 this information. If you have an emergency, please call 911.
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