Not directly. Eeg measures the activity of brain cells, not tumors. If the tumor is effecting a significant number of brain cells, the eeg may be abnormal. Some tumors cause enough irritation of the brain to cause seizures. These seizures can be located in the brain by eeg. Some tumors will have no effect on the eeg.
Indirectly. Eegs record electrical activity of all the neurons under the electrodes. If there is a tumor present, the normal brain cells are not present, so the eegs will record a decrease or absent activity. If the tumor is irritating the brain, it can cause the area to be hyperactive. Either way, the reading is abnormal, and patient should have an MRI to look for structural changes that would explain the ab.
Can an EEG detect any/every brain tumor? Meaning if someone has a brain tumor will it for sure be detectable on an EEG?
OneThingForSure:---- My dear 19-year-old: NOTHING in life is"for sure."And the way things are going so fast, probably NOT even death, but"for sure"higher taxes and regulations.But the EEG is pretty good at following physiologic changes and potential for seizures.It depends on the location, size and depth of the tumor plus what specific structures are involved.And, it's usually not used to detect a tumor. For that: MRI. Read more...