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Clinical neurophysiology

Clinical neurophysiology includes electroencephalography (EEG), evoked potential (EP) and electroneuromyography (ENMG).

The common point between these disciplines is the collection of the electrical activity produced by the brain, the spinal cord, the nerves and the muscles either spontaneously or in response to sensory and motor stimulation, or while the brain is engaged in cognitive tasks.

 

What is it used for?

Clinical neurophysiology makes it possible to obtain a very accurate measurement of nervous system function. So it complements medical imaging techniques (scans, MRI) which look for anatomical or structural lesions of the nervous system.

The ability to quantify the function of the nervous system can be crucial for a number of reasons:

- to be able to objectify a symptom and to verify that it actually corresponds to the dysfunction of a nerve, of the spinal cord or of the brain;

- because, in certain cases, abnormal nervous system function can arise before the nerve lesions responsible for the symptom can be detected using imaging techniques;

- and on the contrary, because frequently anomalies seen on images produced by a scan or an MRI do not in reality have any repercussions for nervous system function, they do not explain a symptom and treating them would be therefore deemed unnecessary.

 

Clinical neurophysiology can therefore make it possible to reassure the patient or on the contrary to accelerate their treatment at a stage where the situation can still be reversed.

It can give the referring doctor the factors to determine therapeutic orientation, and makes it possible to follow the evolution of a patient in a very precise and quantitative manner (for example in terms of detecting or invalidating a multiple sclerosis attack).

If these real indications are taken into account, it can represent a real economy in the field of healthcare.