At CTP Neurosphera, our experienced team of certified medical professionals is well-equipped to provide outstanding therapy and care for all patients regardless of age, form of illness, or method of therapy, in line with global epileptology standards.
Our Neuromonitoring Laboratory is equipped with state-of-the-art ELMIKO EEG (v14.0) equipment, with a full range of EEG, VEEG, PSG and DEEG tests. We work with RADIOLOGICA software when performing neuroimaging studies.
ELECTROENCEPHALOGRAPHY (EEG) LABORATORY
At Neurosphera's outpatient clinic we perform electroencephalographic tests in every version. We have the latest equipment from ELMIKO - a two-position, fully digital EEG VideoTrack version 12 camera.
Tests are carried out in accordance with the international standards of the Federation of Clinical Neurophysiology Societies. The research is described by Dr Piotr Zwoliński, a certified electroencephalographer (certificate No. 197) of the Polish Society of Clinical Neurophysiology, and Dr Maja Kopytek-Beuzen who is in the process of applying for an EEG certificate.
EEG is a standard test for assessing brain function, consisting in measuring the electric wave potential difference on the patient's head. The current generated by nerve cells gives a lot of information about many physiological and pathological processes occurring in the brain. It is an invaluable method of diagnosing epilepsy and many other brain disorders.
In our diagnostics lab, every patient has a Video EEG (VEEG) test performed as standard procedure; it consists of simultaneously recording the EEG along with a live camera recording of the patient. This study allows for monitoring of patient behaviour - e.g. during an epileptic seizure or an incident during sleep - with simultaneous EEG readings providing points of reference. Analysis of both phenomena often provides valuable insight as to the type of disease and its severity. It also allows verification of any artefacts during the recording. Depending on the needs, the EEG test is supplemented by the Digital EEG Test (DEEG) - a set of mathematical tools to remove otherwise "invisible" elements and phenomena from the EEG recording. The most common method is EEG mapping, which often allows for much more precise localization of certain phenomena in the EEG recording.
Types of EEG tests for children and adults performed in our laboratory:
- Standard Video EEG: 20 minute live recording while seated.
- Sleep Video EEG: 60-120 minutes record with recording of subsequent phases: awake, falling asleep, sleep and waking phase of the patient. Typically recommended in the event of seizures during sleep, sleep or recovery periods. After consulting with the treating physician, some light sleep deprivation might be considered prior to this examination, as this increases the likelihood of the patient falling asleep and providing an accurate reading.
- Long-term Video EEG: a study aimed at recording any epileptic seizures occuring during a longer period of time (typically several hours). Length and time of recording is individually tailored to the needs of the patient, depending on the frequency of seizures and the time of day when these seizures occur most often.
- Home Video EEG: an examination performed at the patient's home while awake and / or asleep. By design, performing a test in a patient's natural environment eliminates the stress factor commonly associated with the test, thereby increasing the likelihood of accurate seizure registration. The length and time of recording are individually tailored to the needs of the patient, depending on the frequency of seizures and the time of day when seizures occur most often.
Please note: the type of planned EEG test is determined after consulting with the patient's treating physician.