New wearable EEG machines advance epilepsy diagnosis and research, says LHSC – London
The London Health Sciences Center welcomes the addition of new electroencephalogram (EEG) machines to its epilepsy monitoring unit, which it says has helped advance research and diagnosis of the neurological disorder.
The LHSC says the 13 state-of-the-art wearable EEG devices have increased the amount of data collected from patients on the unit and are providing faster reports and better high-quality images, officials said in a statement. Press.
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New EEG machines, which measure electrical activity in the brain using electrodes on the patient’s scalp, allow data to be collected wherever the patient is in the hospital, giving more data consistent, according to the LHSC.
“What it does is – and this is an update of the equipment that we already had, but this is a more advanced version of it – this equipment we allows you to monitor a patient’s seizures in real time while they are in the hospital,” said Dr. David Steven, Chairman/Chief of Clinical Neurological Sciences at LHSC.
Many patients with epilepsy, he says, can be treated with medication, but others cannot. For them, doctors need to figure out where their seizures are coming from and whether surgery is a potential option, he said.
“To do that, we bring them into this unit and we’re able to film the seizures and record them at the same time with these high definition cameras and high fidelity recording equipment to be able to see if we can tell where the d ‘where the seizures come from, and help them and help us get a firmer diagnosis for them,’ he said.
“This technology allows us to hone in… a bit better on which candidates could benefit from surgery and potentially cure their epilepsy.”
In addition, the equipment also helps doctors identify patients who may benefit from other types of treatment, including treatments that have only just become available and which, although not curative, would still be an improvement over to drugs, he said.
The new machines were acquired with an investment of $2 million, according to LHSC.
The LHSC Epilepsy Surveillance Unit opened in 1987 and has assessed and provided care to more than 10,000 patients, according to the organization.
— With files by Mike Stubbs
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