The following are descriptions of common testing procedures used at Neurological Wellness Clinic. Dr. Jochims' staff will help coordinate and follow up on any tests ordered. You're encouraged to take an active part and have a voice in your health care plan.
Should you have any questions or concerns regarding your health care results, Dr. Jochims and the Neurological Wellness team will help you to better understand your test results.
EEG (Electroencephalography) is a test that measures brain wave activity. This test detects tiny electrical impulses from brain cells. The rhythms and shapes of the electrical brain signals are recorded and measured by a trained technician and then analyzed by Dr. Jochims. He may order this test to check for seizures or other brain problems.
Dr. Jochims will communicate test results to both you and your referring doctor. Results will be available approximately 7-10 days after your tests.
In some cases, it may be necessary for an EEG to try to capture an “event” (seizure or spell) over a period of 24, 48 or 72 hours. This test is called an “ambulatory” EEG (electroencephalography). Patients carry a “head box” in a fanny pack during the entire length of the test. This head box stores the brain wave activity recorded by electrodes on the head/scalp.
This brain wave activity is analyzed by Dr. Jochims, and he will communicate test results to both you and your referring physician. Results will be available in approximately 7-10 days after your test.
EMG /NCS are electro-diagnostic tests of muscle and nerve physiology.
EMG (Electromyography) evaluates muscle function. A small, thin, specially coated needle is inserted gently through the skin and into the muscle. This test is performed on a number of different muscles. Electrical activity within the muscles is individually recorded.
NCS (Nerve Conduction Study) evaluates the speed at which impulses travel between nerves. Mild electrical currents are applied to the skin through disposable, self-sticking electrodes in specific areas. Muscles will twitch when current is applied, but this isn't harmful.
Each test produces various waveforms that Dr. Jochims evaluates to determine the health of your muscles and nerves. Dr. Jochims will communicate these findings to both you and your referring doctor. Results will be available approximately 2 to 3 days after the tests.
As a neurologist, Dr. Jochims is specially trained to read and interpret neurodiagnostic imaging including MRI, CT, SPECT/PET imaging of brain and spine. He will personally work with you so that you will best understand the results of your test(s). Dr. Jochims will then decide if additional tests are needed.