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ELECTROENCEPHALOGRAM (EEG) INFORMATION

The electroencephalogram (EEG) is a recording of the electrical activity of the brain. The EEG is a totally painless procedure and has no side effects or after effects. The test takes approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes. The EEG is recorded from small metal discs that are attached to the scalp with an adhesive paste. The patient will be asked to do a deep breathing, watch a flashing light, and relax during the recording. These activation procedures change the brain wave patterns and may show abnormalities not normally seen.

There are a few simple instructions that MUST be followed:

  1. WASH YOU HAIR WITH SHAMPOO ONLY BEFORE THE TEST. DO NOT USE ANY DANDRUFF SHAMPOOS AND NO CONDITIONER. ONCE THE HAIR IS DRY, DO NOT USE ANY OILS, GELS, MOUSSE, HAIR SPRAY OR HAIR PRODUCTS OF ANY KIND. YOUR SCALP MUST BE CLEAN AND OIL FREE.
  1. EAT A MEAL BEFORE THE TEST (WITHIN 2 HOURS). NO CAFFEINE PRODUCTS.
  1. BRING A LIST OF MEDICATIONS YOU ARE TAKING. YOU CAN TAKE YOUR REGULAR MEDICATIONS AS PRESCRIBED.
  1. IF THE TEST IS FOR A SLEEP-DEPRIVED EEG:
  1. 13 YEARS - ADULT: YOU MUST GET UP AT 1:00 A.M. AND STAY AWAKE UNTIL THE EXAM.
  1. ALL CHILDREN
    1. AGES 0-2 YEARS: GO TO BED TWO HOURS LATER THAN NORMAL AND WAKE UP TWO HOURS EARLIER THAN NORMAL BUT NO LATER THAN 5 AM. STAY AWAKE UNTIL THE TEST. BRING AN EXTRA BOTTLE FOR INFANTS AND TODDLERS AND HOLD THE FEEDING NEAREST TO APPOINTMENT TIME UNTIL THE TECHNICIAN GIVES THE OKAY TO GIVE THE BOTTLE. DO NOT LET THE CHILD SLEEP IN THE CAR ON THE RIDE TO THE APPOINTMENT.
    2. AGES 3 5 YEARS: GO TO BED THREE HOURS LATER THAN NORMAL AND WAKE UP AT 3 AM. STAY AWAKE UNTIL THE TEST. DO NOT LET THE CHILD SLEEP IN THE CAR ON THE RIDE TO THE APPOINTMENT.
    3. AGES 6-12 YEARS OF AGE, UP UNTIL MIDNIGHT, THEN SLEEP, UP AGAIN AT 3 A.M. AND STAY AWAKE UNTIL THE TEST.
  1. CHECK IN AT 126 S. FLORAL (NORTH-EAST CORNER OF ACEQUIA AND FLORAL) ACROSS FROM THE ACEQUIA WING ENTRANCE OF THE HOSPITAL. WE ARE LOCATED IN THE SAME BUILDING AS THE SLEEP DISORDER CENTER. YOU WILL NEED TO BE THERE 15 MINUTES PRIOR TO YOUR TEST TIME. PARKING IS AVAILABLE IN THE CITY OF VISALIA PARKING GARAGE 222 W. ACEQUIA, NEXT TO OUR BUILDING.

IF THE PATIENT IS UNDER 18 YEARS OF AGE, PARENTAL OR LEGAL GUARDIAN SIGNATURE IS REQUIRED UPON CHECK IN AND MUST REMAIN WITH PATIENT DURING TESTING.

CHILDREN MAY NOT BE LEFT UNATTENDED. PLEASE MAKE ARRANGEMENTS FOR THEIR CARE. KAWEAH HEALTH EEG LAB DOES NOT HAVE PERSONNEL TO WATCH CHILDREN.

Thank you for your cooperation.

You may contact us at (559) 624-4000 if you have any questions or you need to reschedule your appointment.