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Neurology consultations:

All of our consults are scheduled with a board-certified neurologist. Make sure to bring a photo identification and any applicable insurance information. We do not require registration paperwork to be completed at this time, as we prefer to complete it in person. This eliminates time and paperwork for you, the patient.

Please show up 15 minutes early to your appointment. Amounts due will be communicated during your reminded call the previous day, so please have copay and deductible information handy.

Patients will spend about ten minutes with a registration technician. Intake procedures include a discussion of medical history, family history, current medications and chief complaints.

Each patient will be directed to a special neurology exam room where the consultation will take approximately 45-60 minutes. One family member is welcome at this consultation. At this time, we’ll recommend tests and procedures, and determine overall course of treatment.

Upon checkout, patients will be given a form to document follow up procedures over the next several months. The entire process from check-in to finish takes about 90 minutes.

EEG Test:

This is a brainwave test. Patients are asked to show up 15 minutes prior to their appointments. Please don’t use hair products, as 8-12 electrodes will be placed on various locations on the head. It takes about 20 minutes, and the electrodes are secured with a gentle gelatin substance.

This test is administered by a neuro-technologist who gathers data, presents it to a neurologist, where they prepare a report within about five to seven days. Shampoo and towels are provided for patients who would like to wash the gelatin substance out of their hair.

EVP Test:

This test is used to determine if the patient has multiple sclerosis or a related condition. It takes approximately 1.5 hours. The process is non-invasive and not painful.

Nerve Connection Study:

This test, used to diagnose anything from nerve problems to muscular dystrophy to pinched nerves, communicates in real time with the patient. It measures wavelengths between nerves and muscles. It’s an approximately two-hour consultation. There are no special preparatory measures for the patient to take, aside from not wearing lotions.

Sleep Studies:

These are generally conducted from 7PM – 7AM. We endeavor to make the routine as normal as possible for our patients. We do ask that family members do not remain with the patient, as this may skew results.

Patients have private rooms with cable televisions, bathrooms with showers and wireless internet. Patients typically spend about an hour with a sleep technician, and lights out occurs at 10 p.m.

Patients are monitored throughout the night and released by 6:30 a.m. AKNC provides breakfast and secure overnight parking.

MRI Imaging:

MRI Imaging requires no special preparations, aside from completing a standard safety questionnaire. Patients can have no metal in their body or head, and no pacemakers. You should wear loose, comfortable clothing and sports bras for women are recommended. AKNC also provides gowns and sweatpants for your convenience.

The entire MRI process, from check-in to check-out, takes about 45 minutes. AKNC boasts the newest, safest, largest and most comfortable MRI machine in Alaska. All of our scans are interpreted by neuroradiologists, which is also unique to Alaska.

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