We provide a range of diagnostic services in a private child-friendly setting. Our Neurophysiology scientist is specially trained in paediatric neuro-diagnostic techniques. The services provided include:
- Standard Electroencephalography (EEG)
- Sleep deprived EEG
- Prolonged EEG
- Overnight EEG
Standard (Routine) EEG
Usually, a standard EEG test will be done at the clinic room. This study is normally performed in the awake patient.
A sleep-deprived EEG test is done when a child has had less sleep than usual, the night before the study (‘sleep deprived’). When patients are sleep deprived, there is a higher chance that abnormal electrical activity (if present) will be detected. Before a sleep-deprived EEG test, school aged children (>5 years) will be asked to stay up as late as possible (3 hours past the normal bedtime) and to wake up at least 2 hours earlier than normal. Care should be taken and discussion with your doctor should occur if your sleep deprivation is a trigger for your child’s seizure. In that case, it may be possible just to wake your child up earlier than usual on the day of the EEG test.
Prolonged EEG involves EEG recording for at least 3 hours in outpatient setting. The procedure is performed at Brisbane Child Neurology and is ideal for children who need prolonged recording but are not candidates for overnight EEG recording.
Overnight video-EEG study
This study is reserved for selected individuals to capture EEG during a normal awake and sleep state. This study requires admission to The Mater Children’s Private Hospital and the video EEG recording occurs overnight. This study is similar to a standard EEG expect that it records for more than 12 hours with the ability to capture sleep EEG features and record events suspicious of a seizure.