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Preparing Yourself or Your Child for Tests
The Neurodiagnostic study your doctor orders is a delicate process. The signals recorded for the doctors to read are extremely tiny and sometimes tough to record. There are several things that you can do to help get the best information possible for your doctor.

The preparations for different tests are listed below. Please look for the test you are scheduled to have. If you have any questions, call the Neurodiagnostic Laboratory at 865.305.9151

Outpatient EEG

  • Patients register in Patient Access in the hospital lobby
  • Patients are directed to the north elevators and the 5th floor
  • Contact: 865.305-9151; F 305-6884

EEG 5 Years and Older

  • Patients five to 15 years old—Your child must be sleep deprived for this test. If your appointment is at 9 a.m. your child must remain awake from 2 a.m. until the time of their test. If your appointment is 1:30 p.m. your child must remain awake from 5 a.m. until the time of the test.
  • Patients 16 to adult—It is not necessary to be sleep deprived for your test.
  • All patients—You/your child must have clean hair, and it is very important that you DO NOT use any conditioners, gels, hairspray, etc., on your hair. These items will interfere with the test.

 

EEG Over 5 Years Under Anesthesia

  • Since this exam is done under anesthesia, the patient must have nothing to eat or drink after midnight before the test.
  • You must bring the patient for a consultation with the anesthesiologist on a day prior to the test. The anesthesiologists are available Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Please go to the Outpatient Registration Department, and you will be directed to the anesthesiologists with the correct paperwork.
  • The patient must have clean hair, and it is very important that you DO NOT use any conditioners, gels, hairspray, etc., on your hair. These items will interfere with the test.
  • If you have any questions or concerns about your test, please call the Neurodiagnostics staff at 865.305.9151

EEG 0 to 4 Years of Age
If your child is scheduled for a 9 a.m. test time, he must remain awake from 2 a.m. until the time of his test. If your child is scheduled for a 1:30 p.m. test time, he must remain awake from 5 a.m. until the time of the test.

  • For this test, your child must have clean hair, and it is very important that you DO NOT use any conditioners, gels, hairspray, etc., on your hair. These items will interfere with the test.
  • Since your child needs sedation, it is important to carefully follow the instructions below stating what your child cannot eat or drink prior to the test.
    • Up to five months old—Your child should have nothing to eat or drink for the four hours prior to the sedation assessment appointment. If it is absolutely necessary, your child may have a small amount of water or Sprite up to two hours prior to the sedation assessment appointment and nothing after that.
    • Six to 36 months old—Your child should have nothing to eat or drink for the six hours prior to the sedation assessment appointment. If it is absolutely necessary, your child may have a small amount of water or Sprite up to two hours prior to the sedation assessment appointment and nothing after that.
    • Older than 36 months old—Your child should have nothing to eat or drink for the eight hours prior to the sedation assessment appointment. If it is absolutely necessary, your child may have a small amount of water or Sprite up to two hours prior to the sedation assessment appointment and nothing after that.
  • Since the test requires oral sedation, these guidelines must be followed.
    • Your doctor must give you a prescription for the sedation medication. You may have this filled at your pharmacy and bring it with you when you come in for your test. (Do not give the medicine to your child until after you arrive and receive instructions from the nurse.) If you prefer, you may bring the prescription with you to be filled by the UT Medical Center pharmacy after you have signed in.
    • You must be present to sign a consent form before the exam.
    • After the test is finished, your child will have to remain an extra 15 to 30 minutes to be monitored before being released.
  • If you have any questions or concerns about your test, please call the Neurodiagnostics staff at 865.305.9151.

EEG 0–4 Years With Sedation

  • If your child is scheduled for a 9 a.m. test time they must remain awake from 2 a.m. until the time of the test. If your child is scheduled for a 1:30 p.m. test time, he must remain awake from 5 a.m. until the time of the test.
  • For this test, your child must have clean hair, and it is very important that you DO NOT use any conditioners, gels, hairspray, etc., on your hair. These items will interfere with the test.
  • Since your child needs sedation, it is important to carefully follow the instructions below stating what your child cannot eat or drink prior to the test.
    • Up to five months old—Your child should have nothing to eat or drink for the four hours prior to the sedation assessment appointment. If it is absolutely necessary, your child may have a small amount of water or Sprite up to two hours prior to the sedation assessment appointment and nothing after that.
    • Six to 36 months old—Your child should have nothing to eat or drink for the six hours prior to the sedation assessment appointment. If it is absolutely necessary, your child may have a small amount of water or Sprite up to two hours prior to the sedation assessment appointment and nothing after that.
    • Older than 36 months old—Your child should have nothing to eat or drink for the eight hours prior to the sedation assessment appointment. If it is absolutely necessary, your child may have a small amount of water or Sprite up to two hours prior to the sedation assessment appointment and nothing after that.
  • Since the test requires ORAL sedation
    • Your Doctor must give you a prescription for the sedation medication. You may have this filled at your pharmacy and bring it with you when you come in for your test (Do not give the medicine to your child until after you arrive and receive instructions from the nurse.) If you prefer, you may bring the prescription with you to be filled by the UT Medical Center pharmacy after you have signed in.
    • You must be present to sign a consent form before the exam.
    • After the test is finished, your child will have to remain an extra 15 to 30 minutes to be monitored before being released.
  • If you have any questions or concerns about your test, please call the Neurodiagnostics staff at 865.305.9151.

 

EEG With Anesthesia
An anesthesiologist will be present during this test and will determine when you may leave.

You must have an anesthesia consultation prior to your EEG. Report to Outpatient Registration, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. If you live out of town, and it is inconvenient to see the anesthesiologist on a day prior the EEG, then you must arrive two hours before the test in order for the anesthesiologist to interview you and have time to set up for the test.

The preparations include the following.

  • Your child must have nothing to eat or drink after midnight.
  • If your child has to take any medications, he may do so. However, it is very important that he take them with only a sip of water (anything else will interfere with the test).
  • You must accompany your child and sign a consent form before the test.

 

 

If you have any questions or concerns about your test, please call the Neurodiagnostics staff at 865.305.9151.

EEG With Video Monitoring

  • You must be sleep deprived for this test. Go to bed the evening before at your regular bedtime. However, you must get up at 4 a.m. and stay awake until instructed by the technologist.
  • You must also have clean hair. You should wash it in the morning before your test, and do not use anything except shampoo. Conditioner, gels, hair spray and mousse, etc., will interfere with your test.
  • If you have any questions please call our Neurodiagnostic Department at 865.305.9151

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