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The neurologists at the UF Health Jacksonville Neuroscience Institute offer a wide array of diagnostic procedures to evaluate patients for epilepsy, including:

  • Ambulatory EEG services - Through the use of ambulatory EEG recording, patients can undergo continuous EEG recording while at home or at work. This technique is useful in helping diagnose seizures while allowing patients to continue their everyday activities.
  • Digital video-EEG monitoring - Using the latest computerized software programs this technology allows physicians to observe actual seizures and correlate them into EEG changes. This procedure is useful in helping to identify more precisely the patient's seizure type, either as part of a presurgical evaluation or for purposes of improving drug therapy.
  • Electrocorticography (ECoG) - Through this procedure, physicians are able to record electrical activity directly from the brain surface. Usually performed in conjunction with epilepsy surgery, this procedure is one of many we offer to more accurately identify the region of the brain responsible for the seizure activity.
  • Electroencephalographic (EEG) investigation - The EEG remains the most important test for studying electrical brain activity. It is used in evaluating patients with suspected seizures, by helping to determine precisely the patient's seizure type and as part of testing for individuals undergoing presurgical evaluation.
  • Functional brain mapping - Functional brain mapping allows physicians to identify the function of different brain centers. This technique is available only at leading medical centers throughout the country and is performed by highly trained neuroscientists either in the course of epilepsy surgery or during video-EEG monitoring.
  • Intra-arterial brevital test - Also known as the WADA test, this is an advanced neuropsychological testing procedure performed by highly trained individuals as part of a presurgical evaluation. By "putting half the brain to sleep," physicians gain a deeper understanding of how each part of the brain works and use this knowledge to plan surgical strategies that produce optimum results.
  • Neuroimaging - Using the latest techniques in magnetic nuclear imaging (MRI), highly skilled neuroradiologists are able to identify minute abnormalities in MRI images that allow physicians to identify the brain area of seizure activity. More about Neuroradiology ยป
  • PET scan - This technique measures regional brain metabolism and is helpful in identifying the area of seizure activity. UF Health Jacksonville is one of few local hospitals with this technology, which is performed by highly trained nuclear medicine physicians.
  • Psychological evaluation - A board-certified neuropsychologist performs detailed psychological testing to help identify the areas of the brain prone to seizure activity and assess the effects of treatment on cognition. This type of evaluation is also useful in helping patients deal with the emotional aspects of their disease and improve their quality of life.
  • Single photon emission coherence tomography (SPECT) scan - Using gamma-emitting radioisotopes, SPECT scanning measures blood flow to the brain and is helpful in identifying the area of seizure onset in epileptic patients.