Epilepsy Monitoring Unit (EMU)

The epilepsy monitoring unit provides adults with seizures long-term monitoring for in-depth diagnostic and treatment options.

At the epilepsy monitoring unit (EMU) you will receive 24/7 observation within the Neuroscience Center at Lehigh Valley Hospital–Cedar Crest. You will receive care in a private room customized for seizure care, and will be monitored with Continuous Video EEG (cvEEG) technology.

The data is fed to an observation room within the unit, where certified long-term monitoring neurodiagnostic technologists track patterns in your brain’s electrical activity. Neurologists who specialize in epilepsy care (epileptologists) use the information gathered to diagnose seizures and customize seizure treatments. Findings can also provide additional insight for surgical care (if needed) by locating the exact region of the brain where seizures arise.

 

Alexis Gerbern, Neuodiagnostic Specialist and Adrianne Rohs, Lead Neurodiagnostic Specialist

Epilepsy monitoring unit team

The EMU provides comprehensive care through a skilled team. All neurologists in the EMU are fellowship trained in the neurologic subspecialty of epilepsy. You will also receive care from the Neuroscience Center’s registered nurses, and will be observed by neurodiagnostic technologists. Additionally, the EMU is accredited by the National Association of Epilepsy Centers (NAEC) as a level III facility.

You may receive care in the EMU to:

  • Differentiate between epileptic and non-epileptic events
  • Detect changes in the frequency or nature of epileptic events
  • Characterize the type of seizure you’re experiencing
  • Locate the source of seizures and determine if surgery is a possible treatment

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