What Will Happen During the Test?

NCS Testing

During the NCS testing, the scientist will apply small electrical shocks to your nerves to study how they function. These shocks cause a quick, mild, tingling feeling. The Neurologist in charge of the clinic will determine exactly which nerves are to be studied, depending on the details of your clinical presentation. Several nerves will typically be studied during your visit.

Once the test testing is completed, the Neurologist will evaluate your results and then explain these to you. A comprehensive report will be sent to your referring doctor, usually within 24 hours (most medical practices accept electronic reports and, if this applies to your referring doctor, the report will normally be received on the same day as your tests are performed).

EMG Testing

There are two parts to this test:

  • NCS Testing (please see above)
  • Needle EMG

During the EMG testing, the Neurologist inserts a small, thin needle into several muscles. The Neurologist is able to hear and see how your muscles and nerves are working through analysis of the electrical signals recorded by both the needle and the EMG machine. The Neurologist will then discuss with you their analysis of your symptoms. A comprehensive report will be sent to your referring doctor, usually within 24 hours (most medical practices accept electronic reports and, if this applies to your referring doctor, the report will normally be received on the same day as your tests are performed).

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