Charles Szabo, MDEpilepsy Neurology
Christopher Topel, DONeurology Vascular Neurology
Pearl Jones, MDNeurology
Quick & Accurate Diagnosis of Brain & Spine Conditions
The most effective treatment begins with an accurate diagnosis. Our brain and spine specialists combine their experience and expertise with the most advanced technology available to diagnose your condition correctly and quickly. For many brain and spine conditions, time is a critical factor. That’s why University Health specialists are on-site 24/7 to read diagnostic tests and provide services for adults and children.
Our expertise and sophisticated technology give you access to San Antonio’s highest level of diagnostics for all brain and spine conditions. As South Texas’ premier provider of brain and spine services, we also provide the most advanced and specialized diagnostics services for stroke and epilepsy in the area.
Expertise, Experience & Advanced Technology for Accurate Diagnosis
Accurate diagnosis begins with an in-depth health history and physical evaluation. Certain conditions, such as some movement disorders, can only be diagnosed based on your medical history and a neurological examination. For other brain and spine conditions, our specialists have access to a wide range of sophisticated imaging technology including:
- Bone scan
- Bone density scan
- Computerized axial tomography (CAT) scan
- DaTscan imaging
- DTI (diffusion tensor imaging) tractography
- Electroencephalogram (EEG)
- Electromyogram and nerve conduction studies (EMG/NCS)
- Functional MRI
- Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
Epilepsy Tests & Diagnosis
The South Texas Comprehensive Epilepsy Center (STCEC) offers the most advanced diagnostic testing and evaluation of pediatric and adult brain disorders available in South and Central Texas. As San Antonio’s only Level IV epilepsy center, and the largest program in Texas, University Health’s STCEC gives you access to the highest level of expertise and sophisticated diagnostic technology available in the area.
Sophisticated Diagnostics for the Best Epilepsy Treatment
Our epilepsy specialists use their expertise and a wide range of technologically advanced diagnostic tests and procedures to accurately diagnose seizure disorders, including epilepsy, and determine the best course of treatment to control seizures. If your seizures can’t be controlled with medication, our specialists have access to sophisticated diagnostics to determine if surgery is an appropriate treatment option.
Our 14-bed Epilepsy Monitoring Unit (EMU) is the largest inpatient monitoring unit for children and adults in San Antonio. Nurses and diagnostic specialists with expertise in epilepsy and seizure disorders use advanced diagnostic tools to continuously monitor brain activity during seizures. This specialized testing helps pinpoint the type of seizure and where it’s occurring in the brain, equipping doctors with the information they need to accurately diagnose and control your seizures.
Comprehensive Epilepsy Tests Offered
This testing is 24-hour EEG monitoring of the brain during seizures, and videotaping of the symptoms of the seizures. The testing is performed in our inpatient Epilepsy Monitoring Unit over several days. The results help doctors determine whether all of the seizures originate in one part of the brain, and pinpoint where the seizures begin. The test also records brain activity between seizures.
The WADA test looks at language and memory on one side of the brain at a time. A doctor injects medication through a catheter to put one side of the brain to sleep. Your doctor will ask you to identify pictures and objects while one side of your brain is asleep and after the drug has worn off. The process is repeated on the other side of your brain.
The WADA pinpoints where speech, thinking and memory functions are in the brain. The test helps determine if surgery is an option to control seizures and if so, plan the surgery to avoid further problems with speech and memory.