Division of Epilepsy
The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center's Comprehensive Epilepsy Center is designated a level 4 epilepsy center, the highest rating given by the National Association of Epilepsy Centers (NAEC). This classification indicates our ability to provide all levels of care for epilepsy, including the most complicated surgeries to eliminate seizures. Our epilepsy specialists' advanced training makes us highly skilled at using diagnostic tools to differentiate epilepsy from other disorders with similar symptoms. With a correct diagnosis, we can provide the best possible treatment for your condition.
We offer these diagnostic tests:
- Electroencephalogram (EEG), a brief brain wave recording to look for activity that would indicate likelihood of epilepsy. Electroencephalography (EEG) is the study of electrical activity measured from the brain either on the scalp or from the brain itself. EEG is employed to evaluate and manage a variety of patients including epilepsy patients and to assess patients who are unresponsive. EEG is used to monitor patients for some types of neurosurgery including deep brain stimulation.
- Continuous video-EEG monitoring (V-EEG) in our Epilepsy Monitoring Unit, which observes brain waves for 24 hours, records seizures and pinpoints what areas of the brain they are coming from. The EMU is our state of the art center for evaluating epilepsy patients that employs extensive use of EEGs and computers along with full-time EEG technologists. Patients are brought into the EMU for evaluation of episodes of loss of consciousness or diagnostically challenging spells. Patients are also brought in to localize seizures for surgery.