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Electromyography (EMG)/Nerve Conduction Velocity (NCV)

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EMG/Nerve conduction velocity (NCV) studies are performed by neurologists (not by neurosurgeons) at the hospital. These studies indicate whether and how fast the peripheral nerves are allowing the body’s electrical impulses to flow (i.e., they determine the health of the nerves). They can help the doctor find out which, if any, nerves in the neck and back are affected.

The test takes about 30 to 60 minutes. The results are called in by the neurologist to your doctor, who also receives a written report. You will receive a bill for these studies from the neurologist’s office.

A. X-ray
B. Computerized tomography scan (CT scan)
C. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
D. Electromyography (EMG)/Nerve conduction velocity (NCV)
E. Myelogram


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