The MEG Lab works in conjunction with UC Health, Colorado Children’s Hospital, the VA, and other institutions. MEG scans performed in our lab help inform clinicians of appropriate diagnosis and treatment options.
If you are a clinician who is interested in referring a patient to our lab for a clinical scan, please contact Jerri Lusk by phone at (303) 724-2184 or by email at Jerri.Lusk@CUanschutz.edu.
Preparing for Your Scan
• Patients must be sleep deprived, no more than 4 hours of sleep the night prior (for epilepsy patients).
• Patients must remove all metals, including jewelry, watches, belts, etc.
• Patients should not be wearing makeup, hairspray, or hair gel.
• No caffeine 8 hours prior to visit.
• Wear a sports bra with no metal pieces (no underwire, no adjustable straps, no metal fasteners), OR be prepared to remove bra prior to scan.
• Please refer to our MEG Scan Guidelines for more information.
What Should You Expect During The Scan?
• If You Have a VNS Device…
UC Health patients will be scheduled by Jerri Lusk and send further instructions will be sent at time of scheduling.
Children’s Hospital of Colorado patients will be scheduled at Children’s Hospital.
• Arrive at Fitzsimmons Building (Building 500) 1300 E. 17th Place, Aurora, CO 80045. Please wait in the lobby at the front of the building and our staff will meet you when it is time for your scan.
• Before the scan, our staff must review the university’s privacy practice and a consent for undergoing the procedure. We invite you to ask any questions you may have about the scan or your health information.
• Once in the magnetically shielded room, the technician will position you on the MEG table lying on your back. At this point the technician will begin attaching the appropriate MEG & EEG coils and electrodes. After attaching the electrode wires, the MEG will be moved into position and fit like a helmet over your head.
• Once the technician has given instructions, they will leave the room and close the door. The room is outfitted with an intercom and video surveillance system, so we will be able to see and hear you in the event you become uncomfortable. The scan itself usually lasts 50-90 minutes.
What Should You Expect After Your Scan?
• If you had a VNS device disabled for the scan, make sure to visit the appropriate office where your VNS was disabled to have the device restored.
• The data collected from your scan must be reviewed and processed by multiple physicians and associates before a report is generated, this can take several weeks.