The technologists in the Neuroscience Lab at Princeton Baptist are registered in every modality of the tests they perform, including Electroencephalogram (EEG), Nerve Conduction Studies (NCS) and Evoked Potentials (EP).
The technologists work closely with the staff of neurologists in Electroneurodiagnostic (END) studies to diagnose neurological disorders.
EEG records the electrical activity of the brain. A routine EEG usually last approximately one hour, but can take up to two hours depending upon the physicians' orders. This test is performed to evaluate disorders such as seizures, headaches, strokes, altered mental status (AMS), dementia, Alzheimer's disease, blackouts or passing out (syncope).
Nerve Conduction Studies (NCS) measures how fast an impulse travels from one point to the other. This particular test is slightly uncomfortable and can last from 30 minutes up to one or two hours depending upon what the physician ordered. This procedure is performed on patients experiencing numbness, tingling, burning and/or pain in arms, hands, feet and legs. NCS also aids in diagnosing, carpal tunnel syndrome, neuropathy and Guillian-Barre'.
Evoked Potentials (EP) includes Visual, Auditory and Sensory Evoked Potentials and these procedures test the pathways from point of stimulus to the brain and are helpful in the evaluation of MS, Optic Neuritis, Tinnitus, and lesions in the central nervous system, just to name a few.
The procedures performed in Neuroscience are non-invasive with the exception of the EMG that is a needle study of the muscles, which measures the electrical activity of the muscles and performed only by the neurologists. An EMG is usually done on patients with symptoms of neck, shoulder or back pain, hip and leg pain as well as evaluate Lou Gehrig's disease and muscle disease.