PREPARING FOR AN EEG

Where is the test done?

The test is usually done in Dr. Rodgers office. If you have any questions before the test, please call the office at 813-903-9200. Sometimes, we may schedule the test at University Community Hospital - the hospital next door to our office.

This test is often done on Saturdays so that the surroundings are quiet and for patient convenience. The building is locked and the EEG technician will let you in - please wait by the sliding glass doors next to the pharmacy on the hospital side of the building. As soon as the technician has finished the previous test they will come down to open the doors.

How do I prepare for the test?

You need to sleep deprive yourself the night prior to the procedure.  We recommend only 4 to 5 hours of sleep only.  This helps you to fall asleep on your own.

Wash your hair the night before the test and do not apply any oil, gel, mousse or other products.

Can I eat before the test?

Please eat your normal meal before the test just refrain from caffeine and sugar products.  Take your prescription medicines unless instructed otherwise.

What is an EEG?

An EEG (Electroencephalogram) is a test that looks at activity in the brain.  It is the most useful test for diagnosing seizures.  Small metal discs (electrodes) are applied to the scalp with sticky paste.  These electrodes pick up the electrical impulses from the brain, which are subsequently magnified digitally.  The test lasts about an hour and you will be required to sleep part of this time.  Also, as part of the test, you may be asked to breathe deeply and look at flashing lights.

Are there any side effects?

There are no side effects associated with an EEG and the test is painless.

Is medication involved?

We prefer not to sedate for this test