Neurology tests are conducted to diagnose peripheral neuropathy. Depending on patient’s symptoms, medical history and physical examination, various tests are recommended as diagnostic measure.
Also called a nerve conduction study (NCS), the test finds out how fast an electrical impulse moves through the nerve. Healthy nerves transmit electrical signals more rapidly than damaged nerves. It allows your doctor to differentiate between a nerve disorder and a condition where a nerve injury has affected the muscles. Your doctor may advise this test to diagnose carpal tunnel syndrome, cubital tunnel syndrome, Charcot-Marie-Tooth (CMT) disease, herniated disc disease, and muscle disorders.
An electroencephalogram (EEG) test is a painless test that tracks and records the brain’s electrical signals. In this test, small metal disks with electrodes (thin wires) are placed on your scalp. The attached computer then provides information regarding your brain’s activity. The neurons in our brain send and receive electrical signals to communicate with each other. An EEG can easily detect any problem associated with this activity. It can help diagnose conditions such as seizures, epilepsy, head injuries, dizziness, headaches, and sleeping problems.
A Brainstem Evoked Response Audiometry (BAER) test is an effective and non-invasive test that measures how your brain processes the sounds you hear. The test gives vital information regarding possible hearing loss. It is recommended in case of nervous system abnormalities, children with hearing loss, and to assess neurological functions.