Banner Health uses a number of diagnostic procedures and medical technologies to identify and evaluate neurological conditions including:
Ambulatory Electroencephalography (AAEG)
– allows monitoring of a patient for 24 hours or longer without hospitalization to confirm clinical diagnosis of epilepsy; document seizures that the patient is unaware of; evaluate response to therapy; or evaluate dizziness.
Brainstem Auditory Evoked Response (BAER) – evaluates the auditory nerve pathways from the ears through the brainstem. Indicated for suspected Multiple Sclerosis; acoustic neuromas; posterior foss tumors; childhood screening for hearing disorders; or evaluation of brainstem maturity in premature infants.
Electroencephalography (EEG) – sometimes called a brain wave test, used for testing patients with epilepsy, a brain tumor, a brain abscess, brain trauma, subdural hematoma, meningitis, encephalitis, stroke.
Electromyography (EMG) – evaluates and records activation signal of muscles
Electronystagmography (ENG) – evaluates vertigo, dizziness and equilibrium problems due to central and vestibular disorders.
Somasensory Evoked Potentials (SSEP) – assesses the pathways from the nerves in the arms or legs, through the spinal cord, to the brainstem and ultimately to the cerebral cortex. Used for Multiple Sclerosis, transverse myelitis, spinal cord injury, tethered cord, brain injury and stroke.
Video Electroencephalography (VEEG) – uses audio and video recordings to confirm clinical diagnosis of epilepsy; document seizures; evaluate response to therapy; or evaluate dizziness.
Visual Evoked Potentials (VEP) – assesses visual nerve pathways, and is especially useful in showing demyelinating changes in the optic nerve. Mainly used in patients with Multiple Sclerosis and suspected optic neuritis.