The Right Treatment Starts with the Right Diagnosis
The Neurodiagnostics Department provides diagnostic services to patients of all ages. Located on the first floor of Wesley Tower A, you can count on the Wesley Neurodiagnostics Department for state-of-the-art nerve and muscle testing, hearing tests, balance assessments and brain wave studies.
Specific Procedures Include:
Detailed information on electronystagmography (ENG), including the reasons and preparation for the procedure, how the procedure is performed, after care, and an anatomical illustration of the ear.
Detailed information on electromyography (EMG), including the reasons and preparation for the procedure, how the procedure is performed, and after care.
Detailed information on electroencephalogram (EEG), including the reasons and preparation for the procedure, how the procedure is performed, and after care.
- Videonystagmography (VNG) or Electronystagmography (ENG) is a test of balance function. Recordings are made of potential patterns of eye movement that may yield diagnostic information regarding the balance system. Goggles housing sophisticated cameras are placed over the patient's eyes or eye. Recordings are obtained as he or she looks in different directions, follows moving objects or assumes different body positions/postures.
- Nerve conduction studies (NSC) and Electromyography (EMG) are tests that measure muscle and nerve functions. In most cases, both tests are performed. NCS is often done first. During NCS, mild electrical currents are applied to the skin to see how quickly impulses travel between nerves. EMG will assess muscle function. To do this, a fine needle is placed under the skin and into the muscle being tested. The needle allows the electrical activity in the muscles to be measured; however, no electrical currents are applied with the needle. During each test, wavy lines (waveforms) appear on a screen or paper to indicate how well nerves and muscles are working.
- Electroencephalography (EEG) is a test that measures brain-wave activity (brain function). A physician may order this test to check for brain seizures or other brain-related problems. For this test, small metal disks (electrodes) are attached to the scalp with glue, water-based gel or paste. During the test, waveforms appear on a screen or paper that will later be studied to assess brain function.
For more information on preparation for these procedures, what to expect during a test and what to do following a test, please call the Neurodiagnostics Department at 601-268-8164 or 601-268-8490.