Electroencephalogram (EEG/Video EEG)
This test is commonly used to diagnose epilepsy and is performed by placing electrodes on the scalp to monitor electrical impulses in the brain. Dr Alison RIchardson also performs this test to diagnose other neurological disorders which are caused by abnormal electrical activity in the brain.
Evoke Potential (EP)
This test is used to diagnose Multiple Sclerosis and involves the stimulation of specific neural pathways in order to record the amount of time it takes for impulses to travel along them. The time it takes for impulses to reach their destination is could be indicative of nerve damage.
Nerve Conduction and Electromyography (NCV/ EMG)
This test is used to monitor the electrical impulses of the muscles when contracted and relaxed. It is used to detect nerve and muscle damage and could assist in diagnosing diseases which cause the damage.
Carotid Doppler (CD)
This test uses high frequency sound waves to monitor blood flow. Dr Alison Richardson may use this test to determine the patient’s risk of stroke by identifying passages that are being blacked.
Transcranial doppler (TCD)
Like the Carotid Doppler, this test monitors blood flow in the brain. The test uses ultrasound technology to determine the flow of blood and identify blocked passages to determine the patient’s risk of stroke.
Ultrasound and clivus directed botox administration
Ultrasound technology uses high frequency sound waves to create an image of the internal structure of the body, and will allow Dr Alison Richardson to identify the presence and extent of the inflammation in the joints.
Brain Neuroimaging (MRI, CT Scan)
Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) uses magnetic fields and radio waves to produce images of the internal organs and structures of the body. It is used to detect abnormalities and identify injuries or damage to the internal structures of the body.
A computerized tomography (CT) scan uses X-ray technology and computer processing to create cross-sectional images of the body. The images display as slices and offers a more detailed image than regular X-rays. These images are useful in determining the extent of damage, or detecting abnormalities hidden in the layers of the internal structures.