Neurology

The Ochsner Neuroscience Institute Adult Neurology Department offers a comprehensive team of physicians, nurse practitioners and technicians who evaluate and manage a wide variety of neurologic conditions in both inpatient and outpatient settings.  We work in close collaboration with Internal Medicine, Emergency Medicine, Radiology, Psychiatry, Physical Medicine and Neurosurgery.

Conditions and diseases we diagnose and manage:

Pediatric Neurology

For a Child Neurologist, please visit Pediatric Neurology.

For Referring Physicians

Physicians may fax referrals to 504-842-0041.

Special Services & Procedures

Electromyography and Nerve Conduction Studies (EMG/NCS)

What is it for?

This 30 minute to two hour test done by a physician evaluates the function of nerves and muscles. It is used to locate a problem or to categorize the type of problem.

What is the test like?

There are two parts, the EMG and the NCS. The NCS involves stimulating a nerve in the arm or leg with a small current of electricity that lasts microseconds. Depending on the problem, the physician will determine how many nerves he/she must evaluate. The EMG does not involve any current, but instead the doctor uses a fine needle to "listen" to muscle.

How do I prepare?

If you take aspirin or coumadin, you should call us prior to the test to determine if these need to be stopped. If you have a pacemaker or a defibrillator, please tell the physician before starting the test. Otherwise, there is nothing else you need to do and you will be ready to return home immediately after the test (no sedation is used). The results of this test is typically available to the ordering physician within two to three working days.