What Will Happen During the Test?

NCS Testing:

The scientist will apply small electrical shocks to your nerves to study how the nerve functions. 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 protocol has been completed, the Neurologist will evaluate the results, at which time he or she will explain the results of the test 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 Test
  • Needle EMG

During the EMG test, 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 from the needle and the EMG machine. The Neurologist will then discuss with you his or her 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).

Below are some helpful links for Patients:

  • Patient Questionnaire
  • WorkCover/Insurance Patient Questionnaire
  • National Privacy Laws – Medical Records
  • Patient Request Form – Accessing Medical Records