Children's Health

EEG Visit

Preparation

Here are the things families can do prior to the EEG visit to help us get the best quality EEG and the most helpful information from this test.

  1. Sleep Deprivation (see below).
  2. No napping after waking - until the EEG is started.
  3. No sugar or caffeine after waking.
  4. Clean, dry hair; shampoo only.
  5. Bring the referral or pre-authorization with you to visit.
  6. Bring anything with you that the child might need to fall asleep. For infants, please bring their bottle, pacifier and diapers. For older children, bring their favorite blanket or anything else that comforts them.
  7. Have your child use the restroom right before being called back to start the EEG.

Sleep Deprivation

Sleep deprivation can help us see abnormalities on EEG, so we ask that patients be sleep deprived the night before their EEG. Here are some guidelines for sleep deprivation based on patient age:

Children 0-1 years: Put to bed 1 hour later, wake up 2 hours earlier

Children 2-4 years: Put to bed 2 hours later, wake up 2 hours earlier

Children 5-9 years: No more than 6 hours sleep prior to 4a.m.

What to Expect

The child and parent will be brought to one of our EEG lab rooms where the EEG technician will apply the leads with paper tape to the scalp. For longer EEGs, the leads may be glued on. There are no needles or pokes, and the hair is not cut or shaved! Once the EEG leads are in place, the EEG technician will ensure the signals are being adequately recorded and then start the monitoring.

During the EEG, we ask the child to do 4 things: open and close the eyes, hyperventilation, photic stimulation and sleep. Hyperventilation is done by having the child blow on a pinwheel for 3 minutes. For photic stimulation we use a flashing light directed towards the child’s face - they can close their eyes if they want. This is usually done at the end of the EEG. In the middle of the EEG we turn out the lights and try to have the child fall asleep. The EEG technician leaves the room but monitors the video and the EEG so we know when the child falls asleep. We minimize interruptions and noise during this part of the EEG so the child can stay asleep for at least 10 minutes - hopefully longer.

The entire study takes about 60 minutes. It may be longer if it takes the child longer to fall asleep. When the EEG is over, the EEG technician will take the leads off and the child can go home.

How to get EEG Results

Contact your Primary Care Provider for results. If your child already has a neurologist you can Contact Your Neurologist.

Results are typically available 1-3 days after routine EEGs are performed.

EEGs done overnight in the Rapid Treatment Unit (RTU) or over several days in the hospital can take 2 weeks for results to be available.

Saeed Abbaszadeh, P.A.

Locations
Primary Children's Hospital (801) 587-7575

Specialties: Pediatric Neurology, Physician Assistant

James F. Bale, Jr., M.D.

Locations
Primary Children's Hospital (801) 587-7575

Specialties: Neurology, Pediatric Neurology

Helen Barkan, M.D., Ph.D.

Locations
Clinical Neurosciences Center (801) 585-7575

Specialties: EEG, Epilepsy, Neurology, Pediatric Epilepsy, Pediatric Neurology

Susan L. Benedict, M.D., M.S.

Locations
Clinical Neurosciences Center (801) 587-7575
PCH Outpatient Services at Riverton (801) 587-7575
Primary Children's Hospital (801) 587-7575

Specialties: Pediatric Neurology

Joshua L. Bonkowsky, M.D., Ph.D.

Locations
Primary Children's Hospital (801) 587-7575

Specialties: Pediatric Neurology

Russell J. Butterfield, M.D., Ph.D.

Locations
Clinical Neurosciences Center (801) 587-7575
PCH Outpatient Services at Riverton (801) 587-7575
Primary Children's Hospital (801) 587-7575
Redstone Health Center (435) 658-9200

Specialties: Muscular Dystrophy, Neurology, Neuromuscular Diseases, Pediatric Neurology

Meghan S. Candee, M.D., M.Sc.

Locations
PCH Outpatient Services at Riverton (801) 587-7575
Primary Children's Hospital (801) 662-7575

Specialties: Pediatric Neurology

Jeffrey J. Ekstrand, M.D., Ph.D.

Locations
PCH Outpatient Services at Riverton (801) 587-7575
Primary Children's Hospital (801) 587-7575

Specialties: Pediatric Neurology

Francis M. Filloux, M.D.

Locations
Clinical Neurosciences Center (801) 587-7575
PCH Outpatient Services at Riverton (801) 587-7575
Primary Children's Hospital (801) 587-7575

Specialties: Neurology, Pediatric Neurology, Psychiatry

Lynnette S. Fuller, P.A.

Locations
Primary Children's Hospital (801) 587-7575

Specialties: Pediatric Neurology, Physician Assistant

Timothy S. Garvey, APRN

Locations
PCH Outpatient Services at Riverton (801) 587-7575
Primary Children's Hospital (801) 587-7575

Specialties: Pediatric Neurology

Nicholas Johnson, M.D.

Locations
Primary Children's Hospital
Redstone Health Center (435) 658-9200

Specialties: Neuromuscular Diseases, Pediatric Neurology

Lynne M. Kerr, M.D., Ph.D.

Locations
PCH Outpatient Services at Riverton (801) 587-7575
Primary Children's Hospital (801) 587-7575
Shriners Hospital for Children

Specialties: Pediatric Neurology

Michael B. Lloyd, M.D.

Locations
PCH Outpatient Services at Riverton (801) 587-7575
Primary Children's Hospital (801) 587-7575

Specialties: Pediatric Neurology

Clint Nelson, M.D.

Locations
Intermountain Rock Canyon Pediatric Specialists (801) 357-1700
Primary Children's Hospital

Specialties: Pediatric Neurology

Betsy Ostrander, M.D.

Locations
Primary Children's Hospital (801) 662-1755

Specialties: Pediatric Neurology

Ai Sakonju, M.D.

Locations
Clinical Neurosciences Center (801) 587-7575
PCH Outpatient Services at Riverton (801) 587-7575
Primary Children's Hospital (801) 587-7575

Specialties: Pediatric Neurology

Matthew T. Sweney, M.D., M.S.

Locations
PCH Outpatient Services at Riverton (801) 587-7575
Primary Children's Hospital (801) 585-1676

Specialties: Pediatric Neurology

Kathryn J. Swoboda, M.D.

Locations
Clinical Neurosciences Center (801) 585-9717
Redstone Health Center (435) 658-9200

Specialties: Neurogenetics, Neurology, Pediatric Neurology

Colin B. Van Orman, M.D.

Locations
PCH Outpatient Services at Riverton (801) 587-7575
Primary Children's Hospital (801) 587-7575

Specialties: Neurology, Pediatric Neurology

Brandon A. Zielinski, Ph.D., M.D.

Locations
PCH Outpatient Services at Riverton (801) 587-7575
Primary Children's Hospital (801) 587-7575

Specialties: Pediatric Neurology

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