Electrodiagnostic Medicine

Adult Neurology & Electrodiagnostic Medicine located in Katy and Sugar Land, TX

Electrodiagnostic Medicine services offered in Katy and Sugar Land, TX

Electrodiagnostic medicine is invaluable for helping to diagnose brain and nervous system disorders. At Mind Neurology Clinic in Katy and Sugar Land, Texas, board-certified neurologist Jontel Pierce, MD, and her colleagues use advanced electromyography (EMG), nerve conduction velocity (NCV), and electroencephalography (EEG) electrodiagnostic technologies. Call Mind Neurology Clinic today to find out more, or book a consultation online.

Electrodiagnostic Medicine Q & A

What is electrodiagnostic medicine?

Electrodiagnostic medicine helps your provider diagnose and assess electrical activity in your body and brain. The devices record this electrical activity or measure nerve responses to external electrical stimuli (evoked potentials).

Mind Neurology Clinic can look at your brain waves and nerve function in specific areas using these techniques. This helps them determine if there’s a problem, how bad it is, and what’s causing it.

What methods does electrodiagnostic medicine use?

Mind Neurology Clinic uses several electrodiagnostic medicine techniques, including:

Electroencephalography (EEG)

An EEG produces a graph illustrating the electrical activity in your brain. Your provider attaches electrodes to your head that detect the brain’s activity, enabling them to identify any abnormalities. They may ask you to think about certain things during the EEG to see how active specific brain areas are.

EEGs are painless and noninvasive. Most last 20-40 minutes, but Mind Neurology Clinic also uses long-term video EEG, where you wear the electrodes for several days. This enables your neurologist to see what’s happening in your brain during a seizure.

Electromyogram (EMG)

An EMG involves having tiny electrodes in your muscles to assess their function. This procedure can be uncomfortable but is over very quickly. The EMG machine produces a detailed readout of muscle electrical activity.

Nerve conduction velocity (NCV)

NCV tests consist of a series of mild electric shocks to the nerves. Your highly skilled electrodiagnostic medicine technician sets up the equipment precisely to ensure your safety, so you should only feel mild discomfort. NCV measures your nerve function, efficiency, and speed.

Why might I need electrodiagnostic medicine?

You might need to undergo one or more electrodiagnostic medicine procedures if you have symptoms that might be due to brain or nerve damage or dysfunction. These symptoms include:

  • Unexplained pain
  • Weakness
  • Tingling
  • Pins-and-needles sensation
  • Numbness
  • Spasms
  • Reduced mobility
  • Seizures
  • Memory loss
  • Paralysis

What conditions can electrodiagnostic medicine diagnose?

Mind Neurology Clinic uses electrodiagnostic medicine to diagnose and evaluate many brain and nervous system conditions, including:

  • Seizure disorders like epilepsy
  • Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs)
  • Encephalitis (brain inflammation)
  • Cancerous and noncancerous brain tumors
  • Sleep disorders
  • Strokes
  • Dementia
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Peripheral neuropathy
  • Guillain-Barré syndrome
  • Lambert-Eaton syndrome
  • Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease)
  • Muscular dystrophy
  • Polymyositis
  • Radial nerve dysfunction

Mind Neurology Clinic performs electrodiagnostic medicine procedures onsite.

Call the office today or book a consultation online to learn more about electrodiagnostic medicine and how it helps you.