||Providing our services in your offices allows the patient to stay under your care within convenient and familiar surroundings. We specialize in performing nerve conduction studies (NCS) and needle electromyography (EMG) on patients who may be experiencing numbness, tingling, weakness, and/or pain in their extremities.
Why We Excel in Mobile EDX Testing:
- While some companies may use minimally trained technicians for their clients, and have a neurologist glance over the results at a distance, we provide qualified physicians that are clinically skilled at tailoring the tests to each patient for the best diagnostic results.
- All of our physicians are licensed in Florida and are highly trained at performing NCV/EMG studies and interpreting results.
- Ace Diagnostics is dedicated to providing referring physicians with quality and prompt professional test interpretations and comprehensive reports
- We use state of the art Cadwell machines, which is the premier equipment for electrodiagnostic testing.
- Ace Diagnostics is committed to excellence and we will bring substantial benefits to your patients and practice.
- We are confident that you will be satisfied with our results!
Personal Injury Cases:
Ace Diagnostics is experienced in the personal injury arena, and we are aware of the impact that a lesser quality report may have on the case. Our reports are thorough and carefully written to best serve our clients.
When to Order an NCS/EMG:
- An NCS/EMG should be performed when disease and/or damage to the peripheral nervous system is suspected. Symptoms that should alert the physician of an underlying problem include but are not limited to weakness, burning, tingling, numbness, and/or pain the extremities. NCS/EMG provides information about the function of the peripheral nervous system above and beyond what can be gathered from physical examination.
- Disorders that can be diagnosed by NCS/EMG include: Peripheral neuropathy, carpal tunnel syndrome, ulnar neuropathy, tarsal tunnel syndrome, radiculopathies, plexopathies, etc.
Is it appropriate for an EMG/NCS to be ordered if an MRI has already been done?
Yes, absolutely! While the MRI is important to show the anatomy and pathology of the relevant structures, it cannot definitively localize which of those structures are the symptomatic ones. EMG and NCS are functional tests. The data collected from both NCS/EMG complement each other and allows the physician to arrive at the most accurate diagnosis of a particular condition.
What Does The NCS/EMG Testing Consist Of?
The test usually consists of two parts:
- Part #1: Nerve Conduction Study (NCS). This is commonly used to evaluate the function of the motor and sensory nerves of the human body. Nerve conduction studies are used mainly for evaluation of paresthesias (numbness, tingling, burning) and/or weakness of the extremities. This portion of the EMG test shows how the body’s electrical signals are traveling in the nerves by applying small electrical impulses to one point on the nerve and recording from another. These impulses cause a quick, mild tingling feeling but go away quickly. The doctor may have to test several nerves.
- Part #2: Needle Electromyography (EMG). This is a technique for evaluating and recording the activation signal of muscles. EMG is used to diagnose neuropathies and myopathies. For this portion of the EMG test, a small, thin needle is inserted in to the muscle and the electrical activity of the muscle is recorded. The patient may be asked to contract the muscle to see how the contraction changes the activity. There may be a small amount of pain when the needle is inserted. The doctor will only examine the muscles necessary to diagnose the problem. A new needle is used for each patient, and it is discarded after each test.
What patients can expect after the test?
Patients may experience some small areas of muscular soreness, but most people have no difficulty returning to their regular daily activities, including work. Results of the test will be shared with the referring physician in a timely manner.