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Diagnosing Epilepsy

Diagnosing Epilepsy2019-02-06T12:31:28+00:00
There are many types of epilepsy syndromes and reaching the right diagnosis can be very challenging.

Having a neurologist specializing in epilepsy (epileptologist) involved in your care will significantly help in providing the right diagnosis and treatment. To ensure the most comprehensive epilepsy care is offered requires the involvement of numerous specialists and departments. The process of finding the right diagnosis can be lengthy and require a lot of navigating through health care systems . Our team is commitied to supporting and guiding you through this journey.

Our physicians are highly motivated to offer you the best possible treatment available, starting at your first consultation.

Neurology Consultation

At our epilepsy clinics an epileptologist will perform a thorough health exam and interview. The information you provide here is very important in helping the physician start planning your care.To be able to offer the most suitable treatment often requires in depth investigating of the type of epilepsy along with all aspects of health.

Acquiring detailed information may involve the epileptologist recommending referrals for further diagnostic tests. Other recommendations may also be suggested such as vagus nerve stimulation or surgical evaluation in this consultation.

Radiology

There are many types of radiological procedures available to help physicians achieve a better understanding of what’s happening the inside the body. MRI and PET scans of the brain are the most beneficial of radiological tests when attempting to learn about epilepsy.
Our comprehensive epilepsy program has access to state of the art radiological services. We are equipped with 3T MRI scanners and provide MRI/PET fusion techniques which allows us to access to the most comprehensive and up to date imaging options available.

Neurophysiology 

Electroencephalographic monitoring, EEG is by far one of the most valuable tools available to help epileptologists diagnose and treat epilepsy syndromes. To be able to view a seizure and it’s associated behaviours requires video EEG monitoring. A video camera and an EEG monitor are simultaneously recording constantly. This type of monitoring is performed in the hospital under close medical supervision.

We offer both inpatient and outpatient EEG services. In addition to routine EEG services we provide Video EEG monitoring when more detailed clinical information is required. For patients undergoing surgery we are equipped to perform intracranial EEG monitoring for more precise EEG data.

Neuropsychological

Neuropsychological assessment involves a number of specially designed tests being carried out by a specialist psychologist known as a neuropsychologist. The tests can reveal important information about certain functions of the brain. It is also useful in identifying abnormal brain function and can help in determining types of epilepsy, causes and sites of seizures. Neuropsychological testing is often required for surgical evaluation.

Our team of neuropsychologists are expert at examining the mental functions of the brain such as memory, learning, intelligence and emotions.

Neurosurgical

Epilepsy can be caused by structural abnormalities of the brain and diagnosis and treatment often requires the expertise of a neurosurgeon.

Our comprehensive epilepsy program consists of highly skilled neurosurgeons expert in the treatment of epilepsy, who together with our epileptologists and neuropsychologists strive to provide the very best in epilepsy care.

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