What is (EEG) Electroencephalogram
What is (EEG) Electroencephalogram

What is (EEG) Electroencephalogram?

  • An electroencephalogram (EEG) is a test that measures and records the electrical activity of your brain.
  • EEG is the most useful and important test in confirming a diagnosis of epilepsy.
  • EEG checks for problems associated with loss of consciousness.
  • EEG helps determine if a person in a coma is brain-dead.

Before the procedure

  • Please bring your insurance card and Emirates ID.
  • Please arrive 15 minutes before your scheduled appointment.
  • First, you will meet with a Patient Access Representative (PAR) at the registration desk that will review your medical insurance card, Emirates ID and perform your clinic registration.
  • You will then meet with a technician who will explain the procedure in detail, its duration, and also answer any questions you might have.
  • All EEG procedure patients must be sleep deprived prior to their appointment. IMPORTANT NOTE: Do not sleep six to eight hours before testing in order to optimize sleep during your test.
  • Bring a list of your medications with you to your appointment.

The day of the procedure

  • The procedure takes 1 ½ - 2 hours from check-in to completion.
  • Please do not consume caffeine at least 8 hours prior to your appointment. This includes all caffeinated beverages and smoking.
  • Eat a regular diet before coming to your appointment.
  • Take your regular medications as prescribed by your physician.
  • Please refrain from putting any hair care products and make-up (e.g. hair gel, hairspray) prior to your procedure as these will interfere with the recordings.
  • Only one family member is allowed into the procedure room while the test is being performed.
  • No mobile phone usage is allowed during the test.
  • Please be on time for your appointment, otherwise it will be rescheduled. 

Note: please notify the call center if you will be late for your appointment. The grace period is 15 minutes only.

Discharge instructions

  • After the procedure, all wire leads will be removed.
  • You will meet with a Patient Access Representative (PAR) at the registration desk who will review your follow-up appointment schedule.
  • Once you return home, remove excess residue from your hair with a comb and oil, and wash with warm water and shampoo.
  • Upon discharge, you can return to all your normal activities without restrictions.
  • Results will be released by the HIMS (Hospital Information Management System), located on Level P1, after five working days. Results will be sent to the ordering physician. During your follow-up appointment, your physician will discuss with you the results with you in detail.

Expected side effects following EEG

  • There are no side effects associated with this procedure.

If you have any questions or concerns, please call Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi at 800 8 CCAD (2223), extension 65819, Sunday through Thursday, from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.

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This information is provided by Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi, part of Mubadala Healthcare, and is not intended to replace the medical advice of your doctor or health care provider. Please consult your health care provider for advice about a specific medical condition.

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