Parents’ Guide to Diagnostic Tests for Epilepsy
Medical tests can be an extremely stressful procedure for an child. It is important to share as much information as possible with your child regarding these tests, to help your child understand the tests and become familiar with the procedures. This can help to reduce any fears or anxieties s/he may be experiencing.
Several tests are 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 your child.
Your child will need a referral from his/her 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 important for you and your child to know before proceeding with the tests.