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EMG FAQS

Q;  Some people have said the test is very painful, while others say it is not that bad, why?

A;   First of all, everyone’s pain tolerance is different.  Second, and most importantly, in the hands of a skilled and experienced physician, the test usually takes less time and is less painful.

 

Q;  How long does the test take?

A;  The time varies depending on the nature and complexity of the problem, but most patients are in and out in 30 minutes.

 

Q;  How quickly can I get an appointment?

A;   Most patients can be scheduled within one week.  Emergency cases can be seen in one or two days.

 

Q;  Will I wait long in the office?

A;  DrMasceri usually runs on time.  The exception is when a patient is late or there is an emergency.

 

Q;  What is Board Certification and why is it important for an EMG physician?

A;  Medical Boards were created to assure that physciians have the proper training and skills to treat a certain group of conditions and perform certain procedures.  Experience and the proper training are necessary to perform the EMG test correctly and arrive at the correct diagnosis.

 

Q;  How do I prepare for the test?

A;  You should take all of your usual medications including pain medications.  Shower before the test and wear loose fitting clothes.  Avoid lotions, creams and perfumes.  Please bring any XRay and MRI films or reports.

 

Q;  Will the test interfere with my pacemaker or defbrillator?

A;  No, studies have shown that the test does not interfere in any way with the function of these devices.

 

Q;  Can I have the test done if I am on a blood thinner?

A;  Yes, the test can be done safely in patients taking Coumadin, Plavix and other blood thinners.

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