Diagnostic neurology tests
Neurologic symptoms can be confusing. Because it may have been a long journey to even realize that you might have a neurologic issue, an accurate evaluation is critical to your peace of mind and quality of life. HonorHealth experts provide the latest research and technology, coupled with understanding and compassion.
Diagnostic neurology tests include:
- Ambulatory EEG: Measuring and recording the electrical activity in your brain over the course of a few days rather than a few hours. The testing can be done at home, which will allow your neurologist to evaluate your brain waves while you’re awake, asleep and during your typical day-to-day activities.
- Autonomic testing: Evaluating your body’s response to stimulation to see how well your autonomic nervous system is working. Your autonomic nervous system, which operates without you consciously directing it, controls functions such as blood pressure, sweating and breathing.
- Electroencephalogram (EEG): Measuring and recording the electrical activity in your brain via electrodes placed on your head.
- Electromyogram (EMG): Assessing the electrical activity of your muscles, and the nerves that control them, when they’re active and when they’re at rest. Tests in this category include nerve conduction studies and needle EMGs.
- Evoked potential testing: Records the time it takes for your nerves to respond to stimulation. This might include visual, auditory or somatosensory testing that involves the nerves in your arms and legs.
- Nerve or muscle biopsy: Removes a sample of nerve or muscle tissue so it can be evaluated in the laboratory. A biopsy may be taken to diagnose or rule out a neuromuscular disorder.
- Skin biopsy: Removes a tissue sample to evaluate the small fibers, looking for signs of small fiber sensory neuropathy.