Booking EEG Services (For physicians)

How to book a patient for an EEG

The EEG requisition must be completed and signed by a physician. Patient demographics for billing purposes must be included in the box at the top right hand side of the requisition. Information required includes name, date of birth, address, OHIP number, type of test requested, medications, diagnosis, relevant history and type of information sought.

To book an appointment, call the EEG Department at (613) 548-7835. Messages can be left on voice mail and calls will be returned.

Once an appointment is given, it is the responsibility of the physician’s office to notify the patient of the date and time and any special instructions. A copy of the completed requisition may be faxed to the department at (613) 548-2451.

Where to get an EEG requisition?

You can download a requisition form by clicking here.

What should patients bring for the test?

  • Health Insurance Card
  • List of medications

How to book a 24 hour Ambulatory EEG

Ambulatory EEG is a very convenient, versatile system, which lends itself easily to numerous clinical situations and applications both for the inpatient and the outpatient. While recording, there are few restrictions so all age groups may be recorded successfully.

Referrals for Ambulatory Monitoring need to be discussed with Dr. Lomax, Dr. Shukla or Dr. Winston before it is agreed to do the test. However, if the EEG report recommends Ambulatory Monitoring, then it can be booked without further consultation.

Once an appointment for Ambulatory Monitoring has been made, the physician sends the signed requisition and copies of previous EEGs done elsewhere to the EEG Department. If a routine EEG has not been done within the previous six months, the referring physician will arrange to have one done prior to the Ambulatory Recording.

If the patient is incapable of pressing the event button or unaware of when his/her spells occur, a responsible adult must accompany them to maintain the diary and press the button. This person must be available for the set-up and the entire duration of the recording.

How to book a patient for Intensive Video EEG in the Epilepsy Monitoring Unit (EMU)

The main application for Intensive Monitoring (IM) lies in the diagnosis and management of patients with seizures. It is of paramount diagnostic importance to record simultaneously both the behavioral and EEG phenomena characteristic of a seizure. 

Requests for Intensive Monitoring EEGs need to be in consultation with Dr. Lomax, Dr. Shukla or Dr. Winston. EMU admissions are usually a one-week booking into the hospital. Adult patients are booked into the EMU on Kidd 7 on a Monday, with the test running until the following Monday. Pediatric patients are booked into Kidd 10 on a Monday morning, with the test running until Friday noon at the latest. If adequate recording is obtained early, the patient may be discharged sooner.

When an IM booking is requested, the following is required:

  • A completed Hospital Registration Form (HRF)
  • A completed EMU Requisition
  • A letter addressed to Dr. L. Lomax, Dr. G Shukla or Dr. G. Winston stating why the patient should be admitted for IM, including type of spells, etc. OR a copy of the last clinic letter if it states why the patient is to be admitted and the type of spells, etc.
  • A copy of any previous EEGs that may have been done at a facility other than KGH.

How to order a Continuous EEG (cEEG)

The recommended indications for continuous EEG monitoring include patients admitted with cardiac arrest, status epilepticus, head trauma, and subarachnoid hemorrhage. Continuous EEG monitoring is also recommended for patients who have unexplained altered levels of consciousness, or to rule out non-convulsive seizures or status epilepticus. 

Requests for cEEGs need to be in consultation with Dr. Lomax, Dr. Shukla or Dr. Winston.