Guide to Diagnostic Tests for Epilepsy
Medical tests can be an extremely stressful procedure for an individual.
The purpose of this guide is to provide you with as much information as possible, to help you to understand the tests and become familiar with the procedures, and to reduce any fears or anxieties you may be experiencing.
There are several tests that can be used to diagnose epilepsy. It is important for you to understand that one test is not better than the other, and it will be your doctor who will decide which test is better for you.
You will need a referral from your doctor in order to take the following tests:
- Electronencephalography (EEG)
- Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
- Computed (Axial) Tomographic Scan (CT/CAT Scan)
- Magnetoencephalography/Magnetic Source Imaging (MEG/MSI)
- Positron Emission Tomographic Scan (PET Scan)
- Single Photon Emission Computed Tomography (SPECT)
- Wada Test
- Neuropsychological/Neuropsychometric Testing
These fact sheets will provide definitions, procedures, and other relevant information which you should know before proceeding with the tests.