The department of clinical neurophysiology at Hemayat neuropsychiatry Hospital carries out specialist investigations to help diagnose and monitor disorders of the nervous system, such as epilepsy, strokes and dementia.
Patients whose symptoms are thought to originate from the brain, nerve and muscles are referred to the team, who will then use specialist techniques to record the way messages are carried in the body. This could include:
- an EEG (electroencephalogram), which records brain waves so that consultants can analyse patterns and gain a closer insight into the way the brain is functioning.
- EMG (electromyography) and nerve conduction studies, which record how well the nerves and muscles are carrying electrical messages around the body. Specialists can then look for small or slowed responses to help them make a diagnosis or monitor the effects of treatment.
The neurophysiology team also works in the hospital’s operating theatres to monitor the brain and spine during some types of surgery.