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Tests & Treatments

The following tests and treatments are some of the most common tests and treatments offered by specialists in this area. These specialists offer many other advanced tests and treatments for a wide range of medical problems. Please call (888) 352-RUSH (7874) if you have questions about specific tests or treatments not listed here.

  • Electroencephalogram (EEG)

    Electroencephalogram (EEG) is a test that measures the electrical activity of the brain. It is often referred to as a brain-wave test. An EEG is useful in diagnosing and treating many neurological disorders. An EEG is performed by attaching electrodes to the scalp and recording the brain’s activity.
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)

    Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is a diagnostic procedure that uses a combination of large magnets, radiofrequencies and a computer to produce detailed images of organs and structures within the body.
  • Medication Management

    Medication management is when clinicians work with a patient to make sure he or she is on the most appropriate medications for that individual and his or her particular condition. This process often involves a back-and-forth discussion between the clinician and patient to see how the medication or medication regimen is affecting the patient’s condition and quality of life. This dialogue allows the clinician to adjust medications as needed.
  • RNS System (NeuroPace)

    RNS system (NeuroPace) is a neurostimulator device used for people with treatment-resistant seizures. Implanted underneath the scalp, the device continuously monitors the brain’s electrical activity. When it identifies abnormal activity, it delivers small shocks to suppress seizures before they actually occur. Doctors are able to re-program and customize the device to each patient without performing additional surgeries.
  • SISCOM

    SISCOM is an advanced imaging system that combines SPECT (single photon emission computed tomography) and MRI technology to help identify the source (focus) of seizures in the brain when other tests cannot. Used in patients with epilepsy who have not responded to medications, SISCOM provides a 3D picture of the seizure focus and its position. This image is then imported into a surgical guidance system, giving neurosurgeons a detailed map to follow when removing the damaged tissue.
  • SPECT (single photon emission computed tomography)

    SPECT (single photon emission computed tomography) scan is used to pinpoint the source of epileptic seizures, making it possible to surgically remove the malfunctioning area in the brain where the seizures originate. A radioactive tracer injected into the patient shows how different areas of the brain are functioning, highlighting brain tissue that has been damaged by a tumor, infection, stroke, head injury or other cause.
  • Vagus Nerve Stimulation

    Vagus nerve stimulation is a treatment in which a device is implanted in the body to send regular electrical pulses to the vagus nerve. This treatment is used to address epilepsy that does not respond to medication (intractable epilepsy) and for depression that does not respond to medication.