EEG / Ambulatory EEG
Electroencephalographic (EEG) is a technology that allows us to diagnose epilepsy as well as monitor other brain conditions including migraines, narcolepsy, Alzheimer’s, brain injuries and tumours. It is a non-invasive procedure that involves placing electrodes on the scalp to record brain activity. This process takes between one and two hours, and is completed in our office. An ambulatory EEG (AEEG) allows this process to take place at home, over a longer period. The need for an AEEG arises when we suspect a certain disease or disorder but are unable to make a diagnosis in the usual timeframe. To conduct an AEEG, we’ll place the electrodes on your scalp in our office, let you go home to conduct your normal activities over the next 24 to 72 hours, and then you’ll return to have the electrodes removed. All activity will be recorded on the device and will provide us with greater insight into your brain activity.
Sleep Disorders and the Sleep Study
We specialize in sleep disorders including insomnia, obstructive
sleep apnea, periodic limb movement disorders
and REM sleep disorders like nightmares. Our
state-of-the-art sleep study facilities mean we can monitor
and diagnose a range of sleep disorders straight from our
clinic. Depending on your condition, this may require an
overnight stay so that we can conduct a diagnostic polysomnogram
(PSG), which electronically transmits and
records sleep activity. C-PAP titration study can be conducted
depending upon first night study results.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is a form of counselling which has proven to be highly effective in treating and managing insomnia. This treatment involves regular sessions with a qualified psychologist who will give you a series of assessments designed to change your sleep behavior. This gives the patients more natural way of combating insomnia rather than dependent on medications. We are the only facility in Fort Bend County offering such services.
Nerve Conduction Studies and EMG
Sugar Land Clinic also offers nerve conduction studies in order to assess how well your nerves are operating. We will conduct an investigation into how fast your nerves are sending electrical signals by activating nerves with small pulses, and measuring the responses. Nerve conduction studies are effective in diagnosing damage to your peripheral nerves, which can indicate disorders such as carpal tunnel syndrome.
Electromyography (EMG) is an effective method in identifying nerve damage and the causes of weakness or twitching. It involves a small needle electrode being inserted into the muscle.
Evoked Potentials Studies (VEP, BAER, SSEP)
We also arrange for Evoked Potentials Studies to measure
how well your brain is responding to stimulus including
sight, sound and touch.
• Visual Evoked Response (VEP) – a test which examines
the nerves connecting the eyes to the brain. It allows us to
identify any problems
with the optic nerves.
• Brainstem Auditory Evoked Response (BAER) – allows us to test for auditory nerve and brainstem disorders.
• Somatosensory evoked potentials (SSEP) – examines both the central nervous system and the peripheral nervous system and helps us to diagnose nervous system disorders including multiple sclerosis and plexopathy.
Carotid and Transcranial Doppler Studies
The practice also arrange for Carotid and Transcranial Doppler studies to examine blood flow to the brain and diagnose blood clots as well as the narrowing of blood vessels. These tests are relatively quick and inexpensive. They involve ultrasound probes as well as Doppler Effect probes, and are often also conducted in conjunction with other tests, such as angiograms.
ENG / VNG
The practice also facilitates for ENG and VNG testing to accurately determine the causes of vertigo, dizziness and gait abnormalities. This involves using electrodes attached to the face to measure involuntary eye movements. This test takes up to an hour to complete.
At Sugarland Clinic we collaborate for neuropsychological testing in order to determine why you might be suffering from memory loss or an inability to concentrate or solve problems. You’ll work closely with a speciality trained psychologist who will give us a comprehensive understanding of the way your brain is working. From here we can work out the best treatment plan.