Electroencephalogram - EEG


    • is a technique which registers the brain’s electrical activity.

    • it is similar to an electrocardiogram (ECG) which is often performed as part of a routine heart exam, but looks at the head instead.

    EEG is not a new technique:
    • It has been used for many years as part of a routine neurological and psychiatric examination.

    • With the advent of new technologies such as CAT scans and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), EEG became less important, except in the diagnosis of epilepsy.

    The EEG is reborn!
    • Due to developments in computer technology over the last few years, EEG can now suggest connections between changes in the brain’s electrical activity and certain diseases.

    • In patients who are confused, disorientated or have other memory problems, EEG is a fast way to differentiate between degenerative diseases (dementia) or other factors.

    • It is also used to determine the effect of medication or distinguish between metabolic diseases, infections and intoxication. EEG is an important diagnostic tool.