Epilepsy monitoring (EMU)

Also known as: Inpatient epilepsy monitoring, EMU

If you experience frequent seizures, you may be referred to an epilepsy monitoring unit for evaluation. This evaluation determines if your seizures are caused by epilepsy and where they start in the brain. If you are admitted to an epilepsy monitoring unit, you will stay for several days. During this time, you will be continuously monitored with a combination of video and electroencephalogram (EEG).

While the EEG records your brain’s electrical activity, the video recording shows how your behavior is affected during a seizure. A neuropsychologist may be called in to determine how well the individual parts of your brain are functioning.  The EEG results, video recording and neuropsychology exam help make the most accurate diagnosis possible.  A treatment plan will be designed for you based on the information gathered during your stay.

Providence Epilepsy Services offers medical, nursing, educational, social, psychological and surgical services. While there is no cure for epilepsy, our interdisciplinary team works together to help patients manage seizures and enjoy good quality of life.

Forms Instructions

Epilepsy Monitoring Unit Expectations

This handout discusses what to expect in the Epilepsy Monitoring Unit.

Your stay on the Providence Epilepsy Services inpatient monitoring unit

A description of your stay on the epilepsy monitoring unit.

The Epilepsy Diet

The Epilepsy center at the Providence Brain and Spine Institute together with Providence Outpatient Nutritional Services offers the modified ketogenic diet as a therapy for our adult patients with epilepsy. The major differentiating factor between them all is the amount of calories that come from protein, carbs, and fat.