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Electroencephalogram Now Offered at Ukiah Valley Medical Center

General

To help gain a more in-depth understanding of the electrical activity of the brain and to diagnose and treat abnormalities of the neurological pathway a physician may schedule a procedure using an electroencephalogram (EEG).

An EEG is performed by placing electrodes of small metal discs with thin wires on the scalp. The electrodes are used to detect tiny electrical charges that result from the activity of the brain cells. According to UVMC Vice President of Patient Care, Heather Van Housen, “An EEG is used by a physician, typically a neurologist, to aid in diagnosing epilepsy, Alzheimer’s disease, certain psychoses, and even some sleep disorders.”

Van Housen also mentioned, “This is just one of the new diagnostic tests we will be providing in 2014. I want to make sure that our community members have every opportunity to stay close to home for their care.”

An EEG is a state-of-the-art diagnostic service offered at UVMC. Additional services include one of the most powerful MRI's in Northern California and a PET/CT scanner, used to diagnosis cancer and Alzheimer disease. CT scanning, nuclear medicine, digital x-ray, echocardiography services, ultrasound, digital mammography, 3D ultrasound and other advanced imaging services are also available for dependable diagnosis and treatment. For a complete listing of imaging services please visit www.uvmc.org.

(Pictured: Ukiah Valley Medical Center Electroencephalogram technician monitors the brain waves of a patient undergoing the test, while she is relaxing in the foreground.)