Trinity's Epilepsy Monitoring Center
Trinity's Epilepsy Monitoring Center is committed to providing the highest level of care to individuals living with epilepsy and seizure disorders. Trinity's Epilepsy Monitoring Center offers state-of-the-art diagnosis, evaluation, medical treatment surgical treatment and ongoing support. Trinity's premier program is the only one of its kind in the Quad Cities region and one of only five in Illinois.
The monitoring center gives patients and their doctors a new way of detecting and treating the disease with highly technical around-the-clock monitoring of a patient's seizures. Patients benefit from a multi-disciplinary team of experienced specialists. Our team also includes neurosurgeons, physician's assistants, registered nurses, registered EEG technologists, speech pathologists, pharmacists and case managers.
When a patient is referred to Trinity's Epilepsy Monitoring Center, they will be required to stay for approximately five to seven days and their seizures will be monitored 24 hours a day through video surveillance and EEG monitoring. In addition, brain MRI, PET scan and other neuro imaging tests will be performed. Through this monitoring, doctors will be able to pinpoint exactly where the seizure focus is and the best way to treat the patient. After the monitoring is complete and doctors feel they have a good sample of the patient's seizure patterns and seizure focus, treatment will then be discussed with the patient and their family.
Trinity offers the most advanced technology available to help establish a clear diagnosis of most types of epilepsy, define the location of the seizure focus in the brain and aid in the establishment of a treatment plan. Trinity offers the most advanced technology available to help establish a clear diagnosis of most types of epilepsy, define the location of the seizure focus in the brain and aid in the establishment of a treatment plan.These diagnostic procedures include:
- Continuous audiovisual/EEG monitoring which allows recording of the electrical activity during the seizure
- EEG Source Imaging allowing a sophisticated analysis of EEG and direct visualization of the likely seizure focus on the patient-brain MRI
- MRI revealing a structural brain abnormality causing epilepsy
- MR Spectroscopy localizing the seizure focus non-invasively
- PET Scan aiding in the non-invasive localization of the seizure focus
When seizures cannot be controlled by medication, patients may be candidates for surgery. If indicated, epilepsy surgery is performed using sophisticated computerized neurosurgical techniques. Brain tissue is resected or cut away with the goal of achieving complete seizure control. Patients may also be offered vagus nerve stimulation, a short surgical procedure in which a small electrical device is implanted in the chest. This procedure may be helpful in improving seizure control.