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Neurophysiology tests

You may need a neurology test for a variety of reasons, including seizures or blackouts, feeling excessively sleepy in the daytime, inflammation of the muscles or a trapped nerve.

I have a question about neurophysiology tests

What is neurophysiology?

A neurophysiology test looks at how your body works, particularly the brain and nervous system. A variety of methods can be used to measure how your brain and nervous system are working and provide diagnoses of neurological disorders.

Which neurophysiology tests are available at Benenden Hospital?

We offer NCS (nerve conduction studies), also known as or an EMG (electromyography), at the hospital these assess function of the nerves and muscles within the body to find out whether they’re working properly.

Why would I need a neurophysiology test?

People can be referred for a neurophysiology exam from another speciality, including neurology, psychiatry and even orthopaedics. You might have been referred for a variety of reasons including seizures, blackouts, excessive day time sleepiness, muscle soreness or trapped nerves.

The top common nervous system disorders are:

  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Multiple sclerosis (MS)
  • Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)
  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • Huntington’s disease
  • Peripheral neuropathies

Our neurophysiology service offers you fast, easy access to experienced clinicians in comfortable and reassuring outpatient facilities.

What happens during a neurophysiology exam?

Most neurophysiology tests are minimally invasive and can be given regardless of your age or the condition you’re experiencing.  They involve recording and measuring electrical activity from your brain, spinal cord, peripheral nerves or muscles.  

The recordings are taken by applying electrodes to your head, body or limbs. There are generally no after effects from these tests and no medication is needed before or during the test. 

The results of the recordings will be analysed and written up in a report. This means you won’t get the results of the neurophysiology exam right away, as the recording needs to be looked at in detail. The report will be sent to your GP who can arrange to discuss the results with you.

Our Neurophysiology Consultant

Dr Youl

Bryan Youl

Consultant in Clinical Neurophysiology

Dr Youl's interests include peripheral nerves, muscle disorders, Nerve Conduction Studies and Electromyography.

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