An electroencephalogram (EEG) is a test that measures electrical impulses in the brain. Electrodes (sensors) are placed on your head with wires that connect to a computer. The electrodes measure and record your brain function by displaying wavy lines on a computer screen.
The EEG lab at Boys Town National Research Hospital offers both outpatient and inpatient diagnostic services. The lab offers routine EEG monitoring and six long-term EEG monitoring equipped inpatient rooms. Boys Town National Research Hospital records all EEG examinations.
Routine EEG monitoring services are available for all ages. Long-term monitoring (LTM) EEG services are available for patients under 19 years old. There must be a parent or legal guardian present during the EEG for all patients under 19.
Reasons for an EEG
An EEG technologist conducts the test following a provider's order. Our EEG technologists are registered through ABRET Neurodiagnostic Credentialing and Accreditation and work under a neurologist who is responsible for interpretation and clinical correlation of the EEG results.
A provider will request an EEG to diagnose or look for problems such as:
- Abnormal movements
- Memory loss
- Sleep disorders
Child Life Specialists
To help alleviate fears and anxieties a child may experience leading up to and during their EGG, providers can request a child life specialist work with the patient.
Child life specialists identify potential sources of stress, provide accurate and age-appropriate information to the patient and family members and work with the child to plan and practice coping strategies.
Watch this video to learn
what it's like to have an EEG.
Natus XLTek EEG
The Boys Town EEG Lab uses a Natus XLTek EEG. This imaging machine provides high-resolution images for a fast and accurate interpretation. The patient-wearing devices are lightweight and interruption-free when unplugged or the patient leaves the room.
How Do I Schedule an Appointment
EEG appointments are scheduled on a referral basis. Once received, the referral will be sent to the outpatient scheduling department and they will contact the patient/patient family to set the appointment.
To refer a patient, please contact the outpatient scheduling department by calling 531-355-6737. EEG lab hours are Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Providers can also fill out the EEG referral form and fax it to 531-355-0026 .