CNS’ West EDX Lab is Nevada’s first physician-owned outpatient EDX Labs to achieve exemplary status rating by American Academy of Neuromuscular & Electrodiagnostic Medicine.
CNS’ Electromyography EMG Lab is directed by Triple-Board Certified neurologist, Leo Germin, M.D., FAANEM. Dr. Germin is an AANEM Fellow. Dr. Germin is board certified by the American Board of Electrodiagnostic Medicine. Dr. Germin is board certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in both Neurology and Vascular Neurology.
What is electromyography (EMG)?
According to the International Electrotechnical Commission, electromyography is a:
technique for investigating the electrical activity of skeletal muscles, based on the recording and interpretation of the electromyogram
Your doctor may have referred you to CNS’s West EDX Lab to evaluate your muscles and nerves. This testing is also referred to as EMG and Nerve Conduction Studies. The EDX Lab also performs other neurodiagnostic procedures.
According to AANEM,
EDX medicine includes a variety of EDX studies, including Nerve Conduction Studies, Electromyography, Neuromuscular junction testing, and other specialized studies.
Some other specialized studies may include somatosensory evoked potentials (SEP), visual evoked potentials testing (VEP), auditory evoked potentials testing also called brainstem auditory evoked potentials testing (BAER).
Why did my doctor order muscle and nerve testing?
Muscle and nerve testing are will help your doctor establish a diagnoses and localize your problems. Some conditions that are established with EMG and nerve testing are carpal tunnel, radiculopathy, and neuropathies.
In addition, nerve and muscle testing are often indicated if your doctor indicates weakness, fatigue, cramps or twitching; General weakness, fatigue, cramps or twitching; Pain, numbness, or tingling in one of your arms or legs; Pain, numbness, or tingling in both your arms or both your legs.
How should I prepare for diagnostic Testing?
AANEM recommends that you
Tell the EMG doctor if you are taking aspirin, blood thinners (like Coumadin®), have a pacemaker, or have hemophilia. Take a bath or shower to remove oil from your skin. Do not use body lotion on the day of the test. If you have myasthenia gravis, ask your EMG doctor if you should take any medications before the test.