MORE ACCURATE AND COMPLETE DATA ON YOUR DIAGNOSIS
NCS stands for Nerve Conduction Studies and EMG stands for Electromyography. The NCS/EMG test has two parts:
- Nerve Conduction Studies (NCS) are used to measure the health of your nerves. Mild electrical stimulation is administered to the skin directly overlaying the nerve. The response is measured by a second set of electrodes applied to the surface of the skin. This impulse produces a visual signal on a computer monitor and when analyzed it can provide information about the condition of the nerve.
- An Electromyogram (EMG) measures the electrical activity of muscles at rest and during contraction. Nerves control the muscles in the body by electrical signals (impulses), and these impulses cause the muscles to react in specific ways. Nerve and muscle disorders cause the muscles to react in abnormal ways. During an Electromyography study, a very small pin is inserted in the muscle that helps us evaluate the condition of your muscles.
Measuring the electrical activity in muscles and nerves can help find diseases that damage muscle tissue (such as myopathy and muscular dystrophy) or nerves (such as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis or peripheral neuropathies). EMG test and Nerve Conduction Studies are often done together to provide us with more complete data.
The results of NCS/EMG testing can be an invaluable tool for your doctor to determine various conditions that can affect your nerves and muscles, which will help them manage your care more effectively.
NCS/EMG test is easy, reliable and safe!
How to Prepare for your NCS/EMG test?
- Do not use any body or hand lotion the day of the test.
- Let us know if you have a pacemaker or a defibrillator.
- Make sure that you know the kinds of medications you are taking.
- Let us know if you are taking aspirin.
Get Ready For Your NCS/EMG test…
Dr. Kostopoulos is a Board Certified Clinical Electrophysiology Specialist with over 29 years of clinical experience and over 25 years experience in electrophysiology testing.
He is a Clinical Affiliate Assistant Professor at FAU College of Medicine, past member of the Specialization Academy of Content Experts for the electrophysiology board exam of ABPTS, and serves as an elected secretary of the Academy of Clinical Electrophysiology (ACEWM) of the APTA. Dr. Kostopoulos is also an Adjunct Faculty of Springfield College and co-founder of the Hands-On Companies. He earned his Doctorate (PhD) and Master’s degrees at New York University, his Doctorate of Science (DSc) from Rocky Mountain University and his MD degree from UHSA School of Medicine.
He has numerous publications and he is the Editor of the Diagnostic Section of the Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies published by Elsevier.
Our team of highly trained professionals, always in the closest cooperation and communication with the patient and ordering physician, is here to provide you with a pleasant and comfortable experience, and to obtain the most valuable information needed for your doctor.
Proper testing can assist in correct diagnosis that leads to appropriate treatment. NCS/EMG testing can be part of your health solution!