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Neurology Services

 

Ambulatory Clinics

The Ambulatory clinics in Neurology support the following services:

  1. Routine New Patient Consultations,
  2. Follow-up Consultations, and
  3. Urgent Consultations. Clinic appointments can be scheduled at two locations: TMC-Hospital Hill and at TMC-Lakewood.

Neurodiagnostic Center

Neurodiagnostic testing is currently available at Hospital Hill. Limited services are available at Lakewood.  These diagnostic studies are non-invasive. Many of these tests are performed on an outpatient basis.

EEG Laboratory

  • Electrocardiogram (EEG) - provides a recording of the electrical activity of the brain. This test is often performed when patients experience a brief staring spell/seizure or have a period of confusion. Special sensors (electrodes) are attached to your head and are hooked by wires to a computer. The computer records your brain’s electrical activity onto a computer screen. Certain conditions, like seizures, can change the normal pattern of brain activity.

In neurology the main diagnostic application for the EEG is in the care of patients with epilepsy or a seizure disorder. EEGs are also ordered in the inpatient setting to monitor brain activity in patients with tumors, traumatic brain injury, and post-stroke. Patients with disorders of learning or memory, like Alzheimer’s disease, often have an EEG as part of the diagnostic evaluation.

Neuromuscular Laboratory

  • Electromyography (EMG) - provides a recording of the electrical activity of the muscles. This test is often performed when patients experience weakness of the hand, arm, or leg. Electrodes are used to detect the electrical activity of muscles.
  • Nerve Conduction Velocity (NCV) - provides a recording of how the nerves conduct electrical potentials. This test is often performed when patients experience numbness and is usually performed at the same office visit as the EMG.

EMG and NCV studies aid with the diagnosis of peripheral nerve injury or compression (such as carpal tunnel syndrome), nerve root injury (such as sciatica), and with other problems of the muscles (muscular dystrophy) or nerves (diabetic neuropathy). These procedures can also help diagnose less common neurological conditions including amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), and myasthenia gravis.

Neuroimaging Studies

Many patients with neurological conditions require radiological studies such as MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) or CT (computerized tomography) scans. The MRI and CT scan operate differently, and are suited for different types of diagnoses. Both of these diagnostic studies can be used to view the brain, the spine and injuries of the head, neck, and back. Clinical scans show the anatomy or structure of the brain, spine and spinal cord. Some imaging studies can show brain function or dysfunction, including changes in blood flow. Our clinicians work very closely with neuroradiology to provide the most up-to-date imaging studies to enhance patient care.

Inpatient Care

When a hospital stay is necessary for neurological patients with critical care needs, TMC has two telemetry units which provide specialized care for patients who need continuous monitoring, and a Critical care area is available. Our Neurology care is by Consultation in conjunction with primary care physicians at Hospital Hill and at Lakewood. Our goal is provide continuity of care with outpatient follow-up for inpatient's and their families. We work closely with providers in Rehabilitation Services, and we have a Social Worker to provide additional personalized care to patients, families, and caregivers.

For more information, or to set up an appointment, please call...

(816) 404-5271

 

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