This is a specialized unit in the hospital where a patient is admitted for 3-5 days for continuous monitoring of brain activity using EEG and Video. This gives your doctor a better understanding of your seizures by seeing how your brain functioning and what you are physically doing during the event.
Video EEG is nothing but simultaneous recording of EEG along with video camera focused on you all the time. You will be admitted and EEG leads will be attached to you. You will be under camera for 24 hours while your EEG on. When you will have seizure, it will record the exact movements you do during your seizure activity and simultaneous EEG recordings. This will give us the exact idea of the area of your brain responsible for producing these seizures. Generally, we record 3-10 episodes of seizure and hence patients generally stay for 5-7 days in hospital. We generally stop your drugs so that more seizures can be obtained in short time. It is safe as you are having seizures in controlled environment of hospital, equipped with doctors and nurses all the time.
To prepare for an EMU Admission:
Here is what you can expect during an EMU Admission: