The Stratus team is dedicated to delivering a home EEG monitoring experience that exceeds expectations.
The duration of a typical EEG procedure is 72 hours. Your doctor will prescribe the EEG testing duration based on your symptoms, which will give us the highest probability of capturing an event during the recording session.
The Stratus team will set up the home EEG test, place video equipment and conduct video EEG monitoring to ensure the quality and accuracy of your results.
For patients requiring home EEG testing services immediately, Stratus can often accommodate the same or next-day appointments.
To learn more about why your doctor might be referring you for testing, read our Blog, I’ve Had a Spell. What is it? What do I do next?
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What is Video EEG Monitoring (VEEG)?
An EEG records the electrical activity of your brain, also known as brainwaves. Video EEG monitoring records a video of what your body is doing during the home EEG test. A doctor will look at the video and the test results together. Together, these two pieces of information help your doctor determine if your seizure or symptoms are related to the electrical activity in your brain. Video EEG monitoring is considered the gold standard for diagnosing seizures and symptoms. It allows your doctor to see any type of event or symptom that happens while you conduct your normal daily activities and sleep.
What to Expect During Your Test
An EEG technician will arrive at your home to set-up the test and video EEG monitoring equipment. Our technicians are all highly trained and pass a background check, and they take your health and well-being seriously.
The technician will apply the EEG electrodes to your head. The EEG electrodes are small disks connected to wires. The wires carry electrical signals from your brain into a small device that you will wear around your waist. As a standard part of the EEG test procedure, the technician will apply the electrodes with a paste that is made for EEG testing. The electrodes are safe and non-invasive.
The technician will also set up two video cameras and a laptop computer as part of the video EEG monitoring services.
- One camera will be put in your sleeping area.
- The other camera will be put where you spend most of your time while you are awake.
Plan to stay on camera for as much of the video EEG monitoring as possible. Audio will also be recorded during your test. The more information the equipment gathers, the more information your doctor will get from the test to assist him/her in making a diagnosis.
During your test, a Registered EEG Technologist will use the internet to remotely check the equipment to make sure it is working correctly. The number of times such a check is done depends on the frequency of home EEG monitoring your doctor ordered (no less than every 2 hours, up to continuously.)
At the end of the test, the technician will return to your home to remove the electrodes, cameras and laptop computer. Your doctor should receive the results of your test within seven business days.
Your test will become part of your medical record. The test and your results are HIPAA protected and handled as confidential. We care about your privacy and keeping it safe.
Why is the Length of the Video EEG Monitoring Important?
Your doctor has ordered home EEG monitoring with video in order to provide the best chance to record an event and see anything abnormal. You may have to wear the VEEG electrodes for a few days. It is extremely important to keep the equipment connected and to stay in view of the cameras. This will improve the chances of the test actually capturing and recording one of your events.
How to Schedule Your Test
- Call 469-995-8416
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- One of our schedulers will help you schedule the test.
How to Prepare for the Test
Shower or bathe the night before. Be sure to wash your hair. Remember, home EEG monitoring is generally done for 72 hours or more, and you won’t be able to bathe until it’s complete. Do not use any type of hair or scalp conditioner or hairstyling products, including gel, mousse, oils or hairspray. Hair pieces or braids should be removed from the scalp prior to the test. Wear a front-opening shirt such as a button-down or zipper. Doing so will make changing your clothes easier during the test.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is the Camera and Audio Really Necessary?
Yes – video EEG monitoring is a vital part of the EEG test procedure. Reviewing an EEG without you on camera is like listening to a movie without a picture. Seeing you on video and hearing the audio recording when your symptoms occur helps your doctor get all the information to correctly diagnose you. They need both the VEEG and the audio.
Will My Family or Spouse Be Recorded on Video?
If one of your family members walks in front of the camera, they will appear on the video. Remember your doctor is only interested in the parts of the video and audio when you experience your symptoms or seizure.
A Family’s Journey Through Childhood Epilepsy
Like all toddler boys, Gavin was fun, loving, and very active. He was meeting all of his developmental milestones. Yet things were not quite right.
Gavin would kind of “check out” and stare off while you were talking to him. When kids are little, it’s hard to pin down what is really going on. As time went on, though, I started to see more things that made me think we needed to see a doctor.
I remember a couple of times when we were swimming, Gavin just fell under the water. Of course, this made me very nervous. Another time, we were seeing his occupational therapist and Gavin stopped talking mid-sentence…mid-word, actually. I could tell this wasn’t the normal 3-year-old just getting distracted or trying to find a word. That is what finally pushed me to call the pediatrician. I had to get answers to “is this normal and what is going on?”
Right before Gavin turned four years old, he was diagnosed with childhood epilepsy. My husband and I were devastated. What did this mean for Gavin? Would he have a normal life? Would he grow out of it? Would he forever be stigmatized?
After Gavin was diagnosed, he had a difficult time adjusting to his medications. Being four years old, he didn’t understand what was going on and why he had to take “medicine” every day. We thought, “How are we going to make it through this?”
A Game-Changing Event
When Gavin was six, we participated in a local epilepsy walk. This turned out to be a game-changer for Gavin. He saw how many kids his age were dealing with epilepsy. His sports teams and teachers supported him by participating in these walks, too. This was very encouraging for Gavin and definitely empowered him!
Our neighborhood was also a huge help. They were very friendly and accepting, which helped Gavin better accept what was going on. We’re thankful we had a good support system to help us. I think it played a big role in helping Gavin mature and embrace his epilepsy for what it was.
Our Doctor’s Support
Our neurologist was a game-changer as well. She was so relatable and understanding. When Gavin was in third grade, she recommended an overnight EEG. He had never had a test this long before and I was worried about how he would take it. I knew Gavin would not do well in a hospital setting; he’s very empathetic and it would destroy him. He is also very active and constantly moving around – he would play every sport he could!
Gavin’s First Home EEG Test
Our doctor told us that Gavin could have the EEG test done in our home. Rather than lying in a hospital bed out of his element and being miserable, Gavin could be at home where he was more active and more likely to experience an event. I thought this would help our doctor get a better picture, so naturally, we decided to go that route.
Gavin’s first in-home EEG test was not the best experience. The EEG Tech that came to set-up the test did not explain things well enough and Gavin just did not understand what was going on.
The Final Game Changer: The Stratus Tech
Gavin has had three in-home EEG tests since then, all with Stratus. Since Gavin’s second test, we have had an amazing EEG Tech! He explained everything to Gavin and was very friendly and understanding. He wanted to make sure our whole family was a part of this experience with Gavin. This attention has made the test as close to pleasurable as it gets, which means Gavin’s doctor gets the information she needs.
Gavin is now 11. Recently, his baseball team was scheduled to play at Cal Ripken Stadium in Maryland—a big deal for his age bracket. Gavin was scheduled to pitch, but the only way he could go was if we quickly had another long-term EEG to prove he was seizure-free.
Gavin stressed about getting the test. I didn’t want that stress to get in his head and take away from his experience with his team! Stratus was so responsive and quick, we were able to get Gavin’s test done in time for him to go to Cal Ripken stadium and pitch. I’m thankful for everyone who helped get everything taken care of so fast.
At a very young age, Gavin had to wrap his head around something that was bigger than himself. I am thankful we had a community of people, including our tech, who helped us early in our journey and continue to help Gavin today!
Finding Comfort During a Crisis
My 18-year-old daughter, Karmela started having seizures at the age of 12. She was very athletic, played volleyball, and was just a normal kid. The seizures came out of nowhere and were a complete surprise to all of us.
I took Karmela to the hospital after her first seizure. The doctor diagnosed her with epilepsy and gave her medication to help prevent more seizures. After starting medication, she had a few break-through seizures that she experienced as twitches and jerks.
Her first video EEG test was done in an epilepsy monitoring unit (EMU). She spent the night in the hospital and actually had a full-blown seizure while being monitored. Karmela recently began showing these symptoms again, so we called her neurologist.
Concerns About COVID-19
Due to COVID-19, we weren’t able to visit our neurologist in his office, so he recommended that we use Stratus to get a video EEG test done in our home.
Karmela had some concerns about people coming into our house during this pandemic. She asked me “how do we know they don’t have the virus or haven’t been exposed?” I am actually a nurse and assured her that the technicians would take the proper precautions and make sure that she was safe and healthy.
Making Karmela Comfortable
Both Stratus technicians came to our house with masks and gloves on. They were very friendly and professional in handling the situation, which I think helped to ease Karmela’s mind.
Karmela said the testing process was pretty easy and the “button pushing” was better than being in a hospital. She said the process of putting the wires on her head was the longest part, but it wasn’t bad. Overall, we’re glad we could have this test done when we needed it and are thankful for the technicians that were so helpful and friendly throughout the whole process.
Making a Difference
The Stratus technicians are really stepping up and helping people who need it during this pandemic. They need to be recognized for their kindness. Leaving their homes and coming to ours during this uncertain time is honorable and heroic. Their kind demeanor and positive attitude really helped make this a not-so-bad experience for my daughter, Karmela. We truly appreciate it!
“I was scheduled for an 8-day Video EEG test with Stratus. The idea of staying home for 8 days sounded daunting because I’m not the type of person who just sits still. But I knew that since I would be in my own home, I could control the environment. So, I prepared for it. I went and bought a lot of crafts, and all the food that I knew I would want to prepare and cook. I had friends over for dinner over those 8 days and got to spend a lot of time with my dog, Stanley. The time during the study was probably one of the most peaceful times for me because I actually slept, and I don’t sleep.
There’s nothing painful about the procedure at all, and the equipment that was used was so small I would forget it was even there.
The best part of my experience was the people. Stratus made me feel taken care of, whether it was on the phone or on a visit to adjust the equipment. Trent was phenomenal and Christine was a gem – they made me feel as if I had known them for a long time. They showed respect to me and to my home, and I could tell they cared a lot about their job and love the work they do.”
“My 2-year-old daughter, Riley, has autism and had begun showing what I thought were epileptic symptoms in the form of blank stares. Because epilepsy runs in my family, I took her to the doctor to be tested. The doctor presented me with two options: we could either spend the day in the hospital or in our home. I chose the in-home option with Stratus because Riley is constantly moving and running around, and wanted her to be comfortable in her own space. Plus, I could do it over the weekend which was very convenient for not having to take off work. Everyone at Stratus made this process so smooth. They were all so nice, and the person that came to set the test up for Riley was very calm with her, which I appreciated.”
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