An epilepsy monitoring unit or EMU has opened within the Neuroscience Center at Lehigh Valley Hospital−Cedar Crest.
Inside the newly opened four-bed unit EMU, epilepsy patients are continuously monitored in private rooms. Each room is hardwired with continuous video and other equipment for testing the electrical activity of the brain. The data is then fed to a nearby observation room, where EMU clinicians monitor patients, allowing for evaluation and diagnosis.
“Seizures can be challenging to diagnose and treat, and that’s why we are excited to open the EMU,” said Dr. Steven Lewis, chief of the division of neurology for Lehigh Valley Hospital-Cedar Crest. “We have assembled a team of neurologists who specialize in epilepsy care, as well as neurodiagnostic technicians who specialize in long-term monitoring of patients with epilepsy.”