Henry Hasson, MD
Child Neurology located in Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, NY
Advancements in medical technology have vastly improved diagnostic and treatment options for people of all ages, and electroencephalogram (EEG) testing is a prime example. Henry Hasson, MD, offers families in Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, and the greater New York City area both in-house and ambulatory EEG testing to better understand the electrical activity within your child’s brain. Booking a visit for this or any other diagnostic services takes just moments online or over the phone.
What is an EEG?
An EEG is an electroencephalogram, a test that evaluates the electrical activity within the human brain. Your brain cells communicate with one another through a series of swift electrical impulses. The patterns within that electrical activity can indicate problems like seizures or other brain disorders.
Some of the factors that might lead Dr. Hasson to suggest an EEG include:
- Head injury
- Memory problems
- Encephalitis, or inflammation of the brain
- Brain tumor
- History of seizures
- Sleep disruptions
An EEG is only one part of the diagnostic process. It provides insight into how your child’s brain is functioning and helps Dr. Hasson reach an accurate diagnosis.
Is an EEG a dangerous or painful experience?
There are absolutely no risks associated with having an EEG. The process is safe and painless, even for kids who have seizure disorders or other neurological issues.
To gather data on brain activity, small electrodes are applied to your child’s scalp with a special adhesive. It’s important to come in with clean hair, with no gels, sprays, or leave-in conditioners.
Bring in a list of any medications and supplements your child is taking. Dr. Hasson advises you if there’s a need to pause medications near the time of the EEG.
What is an ambulatory EEG?
Some EEG testing is performed in Dr. Hasson’s office. He might ask your child to remain still, breathe deeply, or close their eyes during the test. In some cases, he might ask your child to look at certain images or flashing lights during the test.
With ambulatory EEG testing, the EEG electrodes are applied in Dr. Hasson’s office, then covered by a special gauze or net to secure them in place. Your child wears the device home for a period of 24-72 hours, allowing the equipment to gather information about brain activity over a longer span of time.
If you’re coming in for an ambulatory EEG, dress your child in clothing that doesn’t need to be pulled on or off over their head. It’s important to avoid getting the equipment wet, so make plans to address hygiene needs without traditional showering or bathing. Kids should avoid scratching their head or chewing gum during the test.
If you have questions about ambulatory EEG or any other form of diagnostic services, feel free to reach out to the office at any time. Online scheduling is available, or you’re always welcome to call the office to speak with a member of the staff.