Stratus is changing testing for the better through video EEG (VEEG) testing performed in the comfort of your home.
Convenient. Comfortable. More Affordable than Ever.
For years, EEG tests were only available in hospitals and healthcare facilities, which are not the most comfortable places to spend 72 hours. Our innovative solution allows for video EEG testing from the comfort of your home. It can also help you avoid costly travel, scheduling delays, and higher costs. And the best part? Because you’re in your natural environment, your doctor gets information on how your episodes occur in your everyday life.
What is VEEG Testing?
A video electroencephalogram (VEEG) is a painless test that closely monitors your brain activity. With this test, doctors can detect seizures, epilepsy, or other conditions that mimic seizures. During the test, you wear 21 small disks (called leads or electrodes) on your scalp. Through a series of wires, each disk connects to an amplifier, a small device worn during the test, to read your brain’s signals and collect the data.
During video EEG testing, a camera is used to create an audio-video recording of your body movements over a few days. Your doctor uses the audio and video along with the EEG data to better understand if your brain activity is normal or to understand where it might be abnormal.
Why is a VEEG Performed?
Doctors use EEGs to diagnose certain conditions such as seizure disorders, epilepsy, head injury, encephalitis, memory problems, sleep disorders, stroke, or dementia. A video EEG test supplements brainwave data with video monitoring, so your doctor gets critical information on how your body movements may match your brain activity.
What to Expect
To get started, your doctor will refer you to Stratus to set up an appointment.
How to Schedule Your Test
One of our schedulers will help you schedule the test
• Call 888-982-8492
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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, extensions or braids should be taken out and removed from the scalp prior to the test. Wear a front-opening shirt with buttons or a zipper so you can easily change your clothes throughout the test. Avoid putting anything on or over your head.
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 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 qualified EEG technologist will use the internet to remotely check the equipment to make sure it is working correctly. The number of times a check is done depends on the frequency of home EEG monitoring your doctor ordered (no less than every 2 hours).
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 to provide the best chance to record an event and see anything abnormal. You may have to wear the EEG electrodes for a few days to improve the chances of the test actually capturing one of your events. It is also extremely important to keep the equipment connected and to stay in view of the cameras to record your events and provide the best possible data for your physician to review.
Yes. Video EEG monitoring is a vital part of the test. Reviewing the data without audio and video is like listening to a movie without a picture. It helps your doctor get all the information needed to diagnose you.
If someone walks in front of the camera, they will appear in the video. Remember your doctor is only interested in the parts that capture your symptoms or seizure.
Yes, all of Stratus’ in-home patient services require a doctor’s referral.
Testing can be scary and confusing for children, but our technicians are well versed in working with them. Our technicians will explain the test and engage your child so they are comfortable and happy during the set up and through the full duration of testing. We recommend participation from a parent, the use of a comfort object, such as a stuffed animal or blanket, or the use of a tablet or other diversionary tool to help the child stay still. Each pediatric patient kit includes a kid-friendly backpack for your child to carry the EEG box around in during their daily activities.
Please contact patient support immediately at 888.982.8492
Yes, please call 888.982.8492 to request a copy. Results are typically available within 3–5 days. (Please note this depends on your physician and when they approve your results.)
Testimonials From Our Patients
“Wearing the device was not a problem for me. Anytime I had a question, I’d call and was immediately greeted by someone who was knowledgeable, friendly, and ready to help. I had a great experience.”
“My 18-year-old daughter Karmela started having seizures at the age of 12. Due to COVID-19, we weren’t able to visit our neurologist in his office, so he recommended that we use Stratus. The 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.” Daniel I., Texas
“I was scheduled for an 8-day video EEG test with Stratus. I knew that since I would be in my own home, I could control the environment. It was probably one of the most peaceful times for me because I actually slept. 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. Stratus made me feel taken care of. 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.”
Susan W., North Carolina
Have Questions About VEEG Testing?
Contact Stratus for more information on in-home VEEG services.