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Need assistance with what type of test to refer for ie routine EEG vs Sleep deprived EEG or NCS vs EMG?

EEG / sleep deprived EEG / prolonged EEG or Ambulatory EEG?

  • Routine EEGs are usually the first EEG to be referred for. If the routine EEG has been conducted, and epilepsy is still suspected, a sleep deprived EEG may be of assistance. See our test information for further details. Sleep deprived EEGs may also be requested if sleep is a clinical factor in symptoms.

NCS &/or EMG

  • Nerve conduction studies and electromyography are essentially part of the whole part of the neuromuscular investigation, but are two very separate modalities [see our test information for further details]. The scientist, Holly, conducts the NCS component, then Dr Andrew McNabb conducts the EMG. Not every patient will require an EMG as diagnosis can be obtained from NCS only and thus earlier (NON REBATABLE) NCS appointments are available for patients who wish, due to urgency or doctor request. Below is a list of conditions that are usually (but not always) conducted via NCS and EMG.
    • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS)
    • Cubital Tunnel Syndrome / Ulnar neuropathies
    • Peripheral Neuropathy Screen
  • Electromyography (needle) generally a EMG is required to assess proximal nerve involvement (root/plexus), myopathies, complex / atypical mononeuropathies, or where there is severe atrophy prohibiting surface recording in NCS. Dr McNabb conducts the EMGs in association with a brief motor, sensory examination.
    • Radial neuropathy
    • Radiculopathy
    • Plexopathy
    • Myopathies.


Please Fax All Referrals To (07) 4031 6043


We do not offer clinical consultations at present. Clinical referrals will need to be sent to an alternate service provider, including the Cairns Hospital, North Queensland Neurology or Townsville Neurosciences.

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