About Baptist Health Neuroscience Center-Fort Smith
Baptist Health Neuroscience Center-Fort Smith offers a full spectrum of care for brain, spinal cord and nervous system conditions. Our comprehensive care includes extensive diagnostic capabilities, advanced treatment, and rehabilitation and recovery services.
Our doctors treat a wide range of neurological conditions, including everything from headaches and sleep disorders to stroke, seizures, multiple sclerosis, and other disorders of the brain, spine and nervous system. Our neurological care team includes neurologists, neurosurgeons and other health care professionals who provide quality, patient-centered care.
Our mission is to hold our patients at the forefront of our purpose with compassionate, patient-focused care, that allows the patient to be an active member of the decision-making process. We hold great value in making our patients feel comfortable and find an appropriate treatment plan to regain their optimum level of functionality.
The clinic is located on the 2nd floor of the Baptist Health Medical Plaza on Dodson Avenue in Fort Smith.
At Baptist Health-Fort Smith, Dr. Mohammad Owais oversees both inpatient and outpatient epilepsy monitoring for patients and physicians wishing to identify the proper medication to treat a patient’s recurring seizures.
The Epilepsy Monitoring Unit (EMU) is a specialized inpatient unit featuring state-of-the-art, computer-based monitoring equipment that allows our technicians and physician to evaluate, diagnose and treat seizures. It can also be used to document any paroxysmal or recurrent neurological spells, as well as detecting conversion disorders.
During their stay, a patient is monitored for 24 hours a day for three to five days. Continuous video-EEG monitoring technology gathers data before the seizure starts, while one is occurring and during the brain’s recovery.
Neurological exams, blood tests and imaging tests such as an Electroencephalogram (EEG), Computerized tomography (CT) scan or Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) may be used to diagnose epilepsy. Continuously monitoring a patient’s brain activity is also key to a diagnosis.
Who is a candidate for epilepsy monitoring?
- Intermittent Confusion
- Episodic Loss of Consciousness
- Recurrent Syncope
An optional support person over the age of 18 is allowed to stay with the patient overnight, if needed. Outpatient monitoring may also be available for appropriate patients.
If you think you may be a candidate for epilepsy monitoring, speak to your primary care provider about a referral or contact our clinic.