Epilepsy and Seizures

Premier Health providers answer frequently asked questions about epilepsy and seizures.

How is epilepsy diagnosed?

Dr. Barbara Phillips discusses how epilepsy is diagnosed. Click play to watch the video or read the transcript.


Epilepsy is first diagnosed when you suspect it clinically. That means when you have two or more episodes that are unprovoked and sound like they might be seizures. After that, doctors use testing to look for causes that might be present, such as a magnetic resonance image (MRI) of the brain and an electroencephalogram (EEG) to check the brain’s electrical activity.

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Source: Barbara Phillips, MD, Clinical Neuroscience Institute; Arshi Naz, MD, Clinical Neuroscience Institute