How are artifacts identified in the visual analysis of neonatal electroencephalogram (EEG)?

Updated: Aug 20, 2019
  • Author: Samuel Koszer, MD; Chief Editor: Selim R Benbadis, MD  more...
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As with the older child, all artifacts must be identified before a visual analysis of the EEG can begin so that they are not considered part of the background or paroxysmal activity. The neonate should lie still with the head in the midline position to minimize artifacts. The technician must try to determine the nature of artifacts at the time they occur because, once the child is disconnected from the EEG, identification of artifacts is difficult.


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