Video EEG monitoring test (VEEG)

The Video EEG Monitoring Test is a more specialized form of an EEG test in which the patient is constantly monitored over a video screen. This allows doctors to observe brainwave activity during the time a seizure or spell is occurring.

What is it?

  • It is a more specialized form of an EEG test.
  • It permits the study of your brainwave activity at the same time that a seizure or a spell is occurring.
  • It helps doctors determine the nature of a seizure or spell as well as how to most effectively treat the condition.

How long does it take?

  • This test requires an admission to the hospital.
  • Average stay is three to five days.

Why is this test performed?

  • To diagnose episodic events (those which happen from time to time). These events may be, but are not limited to:
    • Epileptic seizures
    • Fainting or blackout spells
    • Spells of unknown origin
    • Confusion
    • Hallucinations or behavior problems

Does it hurt?

  • No. You will not experience any pain or discomfort.

Where is it conducted?

  • The Epilepsy Monitoring Unit
    • Second level of the Roy J. Carver Pavilion

How many are conducted each year?

  • Now doing more than 200

What should you do to prepare for the test?

  • Wash your hair. Do not use any sprays, oils, or dressings of any kind.
  • Eat normal meals.
  • Continue taking prescribed medicine unless your doctor gives other instructions.
  • Bring a complete list of all your medications and dosages with you.
  • Hospital gowns and pants are available for your use.
  • You may bring a one-week supply of button-down shirts, sweatpants, and/or shorts and underclothing.
  • We encourage you to bring things-to-do items, such as reading materials, paperwork, and crafts.

What type of room will you be in?

  • A regular patient room
  • You will be allowed to move freely around your room, as well as go to a day lounge that has a TV and game system.

What if you smoke?

  • You will not be permitted to smoke while you are being monitored.
  • Your doctor may prescribe a nicotine patch to help you through your hospitalization time, if you wish.

How is it performed?

  • A soft, red pencil will be used to mark areas where electrodes will be glued on your scalp.
  • Some special jelly is applied to each electrode.
  • Each electrode is checked with a meter to ensure proper functioning.
  • You will now be monitored for the next three to five days.
  • You may simulate your everyday life as much as possible, moving freely around your room and the day lounge, doing things that you enjoy.
  • A specially-trained doctor will review your monitoring daily.
  • Test results will be discussed with you daily.

Will you be able to wash while you are monitored?

  • You will not be able to shower or wash your hair.
  • You will be able to sponge bathe daily.

After the test

  • The electrodes are removed with acetone, which dissolves the glue and leaves your hair and skin intact.
  • You may return to your hospital room, or go home, unless given other instructions from the doctor.
  • You may wash you hair if you wish.
  • A summary letter of test results will be sent to your personal physician.
Last reviewed: 
January 2018

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