The Epilepsy and Seizure care team is at the forefront of epilepsy and seizure care, offering the very latest in diagnostic testing. The process of diagnosis involves gathering several key pieces of information to create a whole picture, including:
- A complete medical history
- Discussion of the seizure activity with family and friends that have observed the seizures take place
- Overview of medications that have been used and what has worked or not worked, side-effects, etc.
- Diagnostic testing based on the individualized information obtained in the information finding process
Our Epilepsy Monitoring Unit Can Help
Having a thorough understanding of what is causing seizures is critical to identifying the most effective treatment. Our Epilepsy Monitoring Unit provides patients with 24-72 continuous coverage with Video EEG. By monitoring for a longer time-period, we can diagnose the cause of your seizures more accurately than with any other method.
A variety of tests help determine the diagnosis of epilepsy. These tests include:
- Blood tests - to look for certain medical disorders or abnormalities.
- Electroencephalogram (EEG) - A brain wave test that looks for changes in the brain's electrical patterns that are related to seizures.
- Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) - to look at the structure of the brain to help to find the cause of your epilepsy.
- Computerized tomography (CT) scan - uses X-rays to obtain cross-sectional images of your brain. CT scans can reveal abnormalities in your brain that might be causing your seizures, such as tumors, bleeding and cysts.
- Functional MRI (fMRI) - measures the changes in blood flow that occur when specific parts of your brain are working.
- Positron emission tomography (PET) - using a small amount of radioactive material injected into a vein helps the care team to get a better view of active areas of the brain and detect abnormalities.
- Single-photon emission computerized tomography (SPECT) - a more detailed test that is used if you've had an MRI and EEG that couldn't identify the part of your brain where the seizures are originating.
No test can say for certain if you have epilepsy, but the test results combined with personal health history and anecdotal information about the seizure activity can be used to build a clearer health picture. This means our Epilepsy and Seizure care team experts will create a customized treatment plan just for you.