Our Services
SERVICES
Kern County Neurological Medical Group, Inc. offers a variety of treatment options and works closely with the patient in order to determine the best course of care for the individual. We take great care to utilize the most promising technologies available.
Many diagnostic procedures are performed in our offices or at convenient nearby locations.
​To help our physicians diagnose and monitor your condition, the following diagnostics may be utilized:
Carotid Ultrasound (Bioscan)
Electroencephalogram (EEG)
Ultrasound is safe and painless, and produces pictures of the inside of the body using sound waves. Ultrasound imaging, also called ultrasound scanning or sonography, involves the use of a small transducer (probe) and ultrasound gel placed directly on the skin. High-frequency sound waves are transmitted from the probe through the gel into the body. The transducer collects the sounds that
bounce back and a computer then uses those sound waves to create an image. Ultrasound examinations do not use ionizing radiation (as used in x-rays), thus there is no radiation exposure to the patient. Because ultrasound images are captured in real-time, they can show the structure and movement of the body's internal organs, as well as blood flowing through blood vessels.
Ultrasound imaging is a noninvasive medical test that helps physicians diagnose and treat medical conditions. An ultrasound of the body's two carotid arteries, which are located on each side
of the neck and carry blood from the heart to the brain, provides detailed pictures of these blood vessels and information about the blood flowing through
them. A Doppler ultrasound study is usually an integral part of a carotid ultrasound examination.
The carotid ultrasound is most frequently performed to detect narrowing, or stenosis, of the carotid artery, a condition that substantially increases the risk of stroke.
An electroencephalogram (EEG) is a test that measures and records the electrical activity of your brain. Special sensors (electrodes) are attached to your head and hooked by wires to a computer. The computer records your brain's electrical activity on the screen or on paper as wavy lines. Certain conditions, such as seizures, can be seen by the changes in the normal pattern of the brain's electrical activity.
Botox for Migraine
BOTOX® (onabotulinumtoxinA) is a prescription medicine that is injected to prevent headaches in adults with chronic migraine who have 15 or more days each month with headache lasting 4 or more hours each day in people 18 years or older.
It is not known whether BOTOX® is safe or effective to prevent headaches in patients with migraine who have 14 or fewer headache days each month (episodic migraine).
Nerve Conduction Study (NCV)
This electrical test used to detect nerve conditions. In the nerve conduction velocity (NCV) test, the nerve is electrically stimulated by one electrode while other electrodes detect the electrical impulse "down stream" from the first electrode. The NCV test is usually done with surface patch electrodes similar to those used for an EKG (electrocardiogram). The patch electrodes are placed on the skin over the nerve at various locations. One electrode stimulates the nerve with a very mild electrical impulse. The resulting electrical activity is recorded by the other electrodes. The distance between electrodes and the time it takes for electrical impulses to travel between electrodes are used to calculate the speed of impulse transmission (the nerve conduction velocity, or NCV).
A decreased speed of nerve conduction indicates nerve disease. The NCV test is often done at the same time as an electromyogram (EMG) in order to exclude or detect both nerve and muscle conditions. The interpretation of an abnormal NCV test depends on why the test was done in the first place. It may indicate damage to a nerve from trauma, polio, diabetic neuropathy(nerve damage), a herniated disc, myasthenia gravis, Guillain-Barre syndrome, polyneuropathy (the simultaneous malfunction of many nerves). and many other conditions.
Vagus Nerve Stimulation (VNS)
The VNS Therapy system consists of implanted components, disposable components, patient components, and an external programming system used to program the generator.
          Implanted Components
          Support Components
          Programming & Patient Components
     
Electromyogram (EMG)
An electromyogram (EMG) measures the electrical activity of muscles at rest and during contraction. Nerve conduction studies measure how well and how fast the nerves can send electrical signals. Nerves control the muscles in the body with electrical signals called impulses. These impulses make the muscles react in specific ways. Nerve and muscle problems cause the muscles to react in abnormal ways. If you have leg pain or numbness, you may have these tests to find out how much your nerves are being affected. These tests check how well your spinal nerves and the nerves in your arms and legs are working.