Neurology & Sleep Center
St. Joseph features a team of dedicated specialists to diagnose disorders of the nervous system. This board-certified medical staff integrates compassionate care with state-of-the-art research, diagnostics, and treatment methods. Diagnostics and treatments are available for adult and pediatric inpatient and outpatient services and cover a wide spectrum from strokes and various brain issues to pain, dementia and sleep disorders.
The highly trained staff at St. Joseph understands how the very complex nervous system and how it controls many parts of the body. The nervous system consists of the brain, spinal cord, 12 nerves that come from the brain and the nerves that come from the spinal cord. Whether it’s determining mental status, motor function and balance, sensory issues, reflexes, or an evaluation of the nerves of the brain and spinal cord, our staff provides excellent care with diagnostics and treatments.
Neurology services include the following tests:
- EEG (Electroencephalography). The recording of brain’s spontaneous electrical activity.
- EEG is used in the diagnosis of epilepsy, coma, tumors, stroke, and other focal brain disorders.
- VER (Visually Evoked Responses). This test is used to evaluate the visual nervous system from the eye to the brain to evaluate optic neuritis, optic tumors, retinal disorders, and diseases such as multiple sclerosis.
- MSLT (Multiple Sleet Latency Testing). A sleep disorder diagnostic tool to measure the time elapsed from the start of a daytime nap to the first signs of sleep.
- MWT (Maintenance of Wakefulness Test). This is used to evaluate a person’s ability to remain awake and alert during the day.
- EP (Evoked Potential). This is a recording of electrical activity from the brain, spinal nerves, or sensory receptors that occur in direct response to external stimuli.
The SJRMC Sleep Center has been nationally accredited by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine since 1999. The sleep staff consists of registered polysomnograph technicians with many years of experience. The Sleep Center performs studies that assist our staff in diagnosing and treating various sleep problems that affect normal sleep and daytime alertness. The most serious symptoms of sleep disorders are daytime sleepiness, morning headaches, heavy snoring and breathing irregularities during sleep.
Tests used by the medical staff include:
- PSG (Polysomnography). Known as a sleep study, is a multi-parametric test that provides a comprehensive recording of biophysiological changes that occur during sleep. It’s usually performed at night when most people sleep and is done at the Sleep Center.
- CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure). Titration, which is used to treat obstructive sleep apnea, a disorder characterized by repeated episodes of stoppage of airflow caused by a collapse and closure of the airway.
- Home Sleep Studies. If a patient is unable to stay at the Sleep Center, the staff may be able to prescribe a home-testing kit to help diagnose obstructive sleep apnea.
- Overnight Pulse Oximetry. A well-established tool routinely used in to determine a patient’s arterial oxygen saturation and heart rate. It is a useful tool for establishing the need for either oxygen therapy for a patient or the further need for a sleep study on the patient.
Neurology & Sleep Center
415 6th Street
Lewiston, ID 83501
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