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An electroencephalogram (EEG) is a safe and pain-free test which records the electrical activity of the brain. The information is recorded on a computer and interpreted by a neurologist.
Often we record sleep during the EEG. Sometimes doctors will specifically request that a child sleeps as part of the recording. This can be achieved in a number of ways, depending on the age of your child, typically with prior sleep deprivation. Sedation is not used.
If your child is young and still having morning or afternoon naps, please postpone the nap for the EEG. If your child is older and we require him or her to be sleep deprived, please follow the instructions provided when you make the appointment.
Please do not let your child sleep on the journey to the EEG.
Yes. You are welcome to stay in the recording room during the EEG unless you feel that your child will be more comfortable without you. It is important to arrange for another adult to look after any other children while the recording is being done as they cannot stay in the room. There are no child-minding facilities at the RCH.
During setup, your child will not feel anything other than their scalp and hair being touched. The paste is easy to wash out of the hair after the test is completed. There are no side effects from an EEG.
An EEG is not harmful, there are no X-rays or injections and it cannot read your thoughts. All EEG recordings and relevant portions of video are saved and kept in a secure place in RCH Neurodiagnostics.
Neurodiagnostics is located on the ground floor, just off Main Street, at Specialist Clinics Reception Desk A3. The test usually takes about an hour but sometimes it may take longer, especially if a sleep recording is needed.
The EEG technologist cannot tell you the results, and administration staff will not provide results over the telephone.
You must make arrangements with your doctor to receive the results. Please allow at least one week. In urgent situations, your doctor may obtain a preliminary report by telephoning one of our neurologists.
There is a waiting list for EEG testing, so it is important we fill every appointment.
If you are unable to attend, please telephone us on 9345 6180. This way we can offer your child's appointment to another family.
NeurodiagnosticsSpecialist Clinics, Reception Desk A3The Royal Children's HospitalTelephone: 9345 6180
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Developed by The Royal Children's Hospital Neurodiagnostics. First published: May 2012