Telemetry camera to diagnose epilepsy

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Children at Chelsea Children’s Hospital with suspected or complex epilepsy are now being diagnosed earlier and more accurately thanks to a new video EEG telemetry camera, funded by Chelsea Children’s Hospital Charity.

As Maria Kinali, Consultant Paediatric Neurologist, explains: “This technology enables us to safely monitor a child’s brainwaves without the need for sedation or anaesthetic, and allows us to record their behaviour and movement at the same time, whilst awake or asleep.

“This means we can carry out a thorough analysis of their brain activity, leading to a more reliable diagnosis. The service is provided in a calm and child-friendly environment where we aim to give children and their families a timely and definitive diagnosis for neurological conditions – such as epilepsy.”

Iona Rooke's son Charlie has benefited from the telemetry camera: “As Charlie gets older, it is reassuring to have the telemetry to show that his medication is working to suppress his absence seizures. The team are very professional and take the time to explain the procedures of the EEG. They are also hugely reassuring to us all and make what could be a traumatic experience as relaxed as possible.”