Neurology Testing at Valley Children’s
Unmatched in its ability to provide pediatric neurodiagnostics, Valley Children’s Neurology Testing Center provides comprehensive screening and diagnostic assessments of children with suspected or confirmed neurological disorders including seizures, epilepsy and other conditions. We provide inpatient and outpatient neurodiagnostics to neonates, children and adolescents (up to age 21).
The Neurology Testing Center’s multidisciplinary team of highly trained medical professionals utilizes state-of-the-art diagnostic technology and comprehensive screenings. Our services are provided in accordance with guidelines of the American Electroencephalographic Society and the American Society of Electroneurodiagnostic Technologists.
Neurology Diagnosing Techniques and Procedures
Our Testing Center utilizes technologically advanced digital equipment and “kid friendly” techniques, allowing our highly-skilled electroneurodiagnostic technologists to customize the study and obtain reliable data for our pediatric neurologists. These include:
- Neurological exam: A neurological exam is made up of a series of tests to examine your balance, muscle strength and a variety of other central nervous system functions.
- Routine and Video EEG: A routine EEG is a test that uses small flat metal disks (electrodes) to detect electrical activity in the brain. These electrodes are typically attached to your child’s head with nontoxic glue, causing little to no discomfort during the EEG. A video EEG takes this test one step further and takes a video of your brain simultaneously.
- SEEG: Stereoelectroencephalography (SEEG) is a minimally invasive surgical procedure, which during doctors place electrodes on specific areas of the brain precisely locate the source of the seizure.
- MRI: Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is a medical imaging technique using magnetic fields and computer-generated radio waves to create detailed images of the organs and tissues in the body.
- Genetic screening: Genetic screening is a process of looking for variants in one’s DNA.
- Muscle biopsy: A muscle biopsy is a procedure used to diagnose diseases involving muscle tissue, where a small sample of tissue and cells from a specific muscle will be removed and analyzed.
- Newborn Screening: Newborn screenings look for developmental, genetic and metabolic disorders in a newborn baby. This allows steps to be taken prior to symptoms developing. Most of these illnesses are very rare, and some can be treated if caught early.
- Neurosurgery: Neurosurgery is surgery of the nervous system to treat patients with injury to, or diseases/disorders of the brain, spinal cord, spinal column and peripheral nerves.