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Epilepsy Surgery Consultation

UCSF has one of the largest, most comprehensive epilepsy surgery programs in the Western United States. We offer a wide array of state-of-the art diagnostic testing and tailor the approach for each individual patient.

At your initial consultation with an epilepsy neurologist, you will discuss your personal medical history in detail, including your prior anticonvulsant medication trials. If you have had diagnostic testing at another facility, please bring these reports and the actual studies on CD so that we have an opportunity to review these results. At the end of this visit, your epilepsy neurologist will introduce to you and your family a plan moving forward, which may include recommendations for further medication trials and/or diagnostic testing. We welcome questions throughout this process.

Diagnostic tests we offer:
Epilepsy monitoring (Video/EEG monitoring)


Adult Epilepsy Monitoring Unit

Our five-bed epilepsy monitoring unit is located on the 8th floor of Moffitt-Long Hospital (8 Long) and consists of continuous and simultaneous electroencephalographic (EEG) and video monitoring. This technique allows us to more accurately diagnose and characterize your seizures and may help us figure out what part of your brain is generating the seizure activity.

To ensure your safety throughout the stay, a trained staff member monitors your activity day and night and alerts our nursing staff whenever a seizure may be occurring. Because medications may need to be reduced or discontinued during your stay, our nurses place an intravenous catheter (IV) on the day of admission, so that we are able to administer emergency medications if necessary.

Each of our private rooms have a large screen TV with DVD player, wireless access and a private bathroom. We encourage a family member or friend to stay with you the entire hospitalization and provide a sleeper chair for their comfort.

If you would like to schedule an admission for Video/EEG monitoring in our adult monitoring unit, please call our scheduling coordinator at 415-353-9851.

Pediatric Epilepsy Monitoring Unit

Our four-bed epilepsy monitoring unit is located on the 6th floor of Moffitt-Long Hospital (6 Long, within the UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital, 505 Parnassus Avenue) and consists of continuous and simultaneous electroencephalographic (EEG) and video monitoring. This technique allows us to more accurately diagnose and characterize your child’s seizures and may help us figure out what part of your brain is generating the seizure activity.

We understand that this procedure can be stressful for young children, and we have a team of Child Life specialists who may be asked to work with your child during the initial electrode placement process. To ensure your child’s safety throughout the stay, a trained staff member monitors your activity day and night and alerts our nursing staff whenever a seizure may be occurring. For your child’s comfort and enjoyment, there are designated playroom hours specifically reserved for pediatric monitoring patients, during which time both video and EEG monitoring are continued.

Each of our private rooms have a large screen TV with DVD player, wireless access and a private bathroom. We encourage a family member to stay with your child during the entire hospitalization and provide a sleeper chair for their comfort.

If you would like to schedule an admission for Video/EEG monitoring in our pediatric monitoring unit, please call our pediatric scheduling coordinator at 415-353-8164.

MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging Brain)


UCSF Radiology and Biomedical Imaging is one of the top ten departments in the United States and the best in Northern California. Our neuroradiology department is one of the largest in the country with internationally recognized experts in both adult and pediatric imaging. By using high field/high resolution MRI scanners (3T or above), we have the ability to generate more accurate, higher resolution images and this allows our experienced neuroradiologists to detect and diagnose findings which may have eluded previous evaluations.

If you would like to schedule an MRI at UCSF, please call radiology central scheduling at (415)-353-2573.

If you would like information to help you prepare for your MRI exam, go to: http://www.radiology.ucsf.edu/patient-care/prepare/mri