St. Vincent Neuroscience brings together more than 75 neurologic specialists, neuro-nurse practitioners, and rehab therapists. We diagnose and treat disorders of the brain, spine and nervous system in adults and children.
Neurologic conditions can affect all body and mental functions. Our patients have access to highly experienced neurosurgeons who perform lifesaving surgeries on children and adults who are affected by a brain or spine trauma, tumor or debilitating neurologic disease.
Our holistic approach means we address the needs of body, mind, and spirit.
The outpatient neurodiagnostic testing labs in Anderson and Indianapolis (with additional testing sites in Kokomo and Evansville) provide EEG, EMG, EP, and intraoperative monitoring for all types of neurologic conditions. St. Vincent also has dedicated sleep study labs throughout the state. St. Vincent has one of the largest epilepsy and seizure programs in the Midwest.
Brain and spine disorders also affect behavior and mental health. Neurology-Psychiatrists treat mental disorders attributed to the diseases of the nervous system.
Many levels of acute rehab and transitional care are available. As an example, certified AHA Stroke Care Rehabilitation Centers are in Indianapolis and Evansville, and other acute rehab centers, skilled nursing units, transition clinics and a long-term acute care hospital are part of a total post-acute care approach to care and recovery.
Through perinatal care services, infants born with a neurologic disorder receive the highest level of care in the neonatal intensive care from a multidisciplinary team of pediatric neurologists, neurosurgeons, and neonatologists. Pediatric neurology services are available to children and teens of all ages.
Neuroscience focuses on the growth, development, function and diseases of the nervous system. The nervous system includes the brain, spinal cord and nerves that regulate and coordinate body activities.
We provide advanced, comprehensive care for patients with many types of neurological problems.
Neuroscience focuses on the growth, development, function and diseases of the nervous system. The nervous system includes the brain, spinal cord and nerves that regulate and coordinate body activities. The range of nervous system diseases and disorders we treat includes, but is not limited to:
For more information or to find a physician that is right for you, call the St. Vincent Neuroscience Institute at 317-338-CARE (2273).
Rooted in the loving ministry of Jesus as healer, we commit ourselves to serving all persons with special attention to those who are poor and vulnerable. Our Catholic health ministry is dedicated to spiritually centered, holistic care, which sustains and improves the health of individuals and communities. We are advocates for a compassionate and just society through our actions and our words.
We strive to become the hospital and healthcare center to which individuals struggling with neurological diseases and disorders first turn for help because we alone provide unparalleled CARE enveloped in a loving ministry.
To access the neurological care you need, click on the medical practice groups above to get information on any of our neuro-interventionalists, neurologists, neuro-pathologists, neuropsychologists, neuro-radiologists, and neurosurgeons. You may also search for a St. Vincent Physician. Or let us help you choose the physician that’s right for you. Call the St. Vincent Neuroscience Institute at 317-338-CARE (2273).
Neurodiagnostics technologists work with neurologists and radiologists to analyze and monitor brain and nerve function. These medical tests record electrical activity coming from the brain, spinal cord and the peripheral nerves and aid in the diagnosis of all types of neurologic disorders.
During an outpatient test, the neurodiagnostic technologist will prepare the patient for the procedure, record the electrical potentials, calculate results, and educate the patient about what to expect during the recording procedure. These technologists also assist the neurosurgeon by using EEG and EP testing to protect the nervous system during a spinal cord procedure.
The most frequently performed test is the electroencephalogram (EEG). It measures and reveals different brain patterns based on electrical activity in the brain. St. Vincent Indianapolis Neurodiagnostic Technologists are accredited by the American Board of Registered Electro-neuro-diagnostic Technologists (ABRET) for EEG.
If you are having an EEG or other neurodiagnostic tests, and have hair weaves or hair extensions, tell the technologist before the procedure is scheduled.
Electroencephalograph (EEG) measures electrical activity in the brain by placing several evenly spaced electrodes on your scalp and using a gel to make good contact. This test is not painful. Your hair will feel sticky from the washable gel. This test will take up to 90 minutes and the job of the patient is to remain as still as possible while taking repeated deep breathes as instructed.
EEG is commonly used to diagnose epilepsy and a variety of neurologic symptoms such as a chronic headache, seizure, dizziness, changes in awareness, unexplained consciousness, prolonged coma, stroke, and degenerative brain disease. EEG also is used to evaluate head trauma or the consequences of severe infectious diseases.
If you are having surgery on the arteries in your neck or around the heart, EEG may be used to monitor brain function during the procedure. EEG has also been used in children to diagnose epilepsy, staring spells and inattentiveness.
EEG is used to record sleep patterns and changes in brain activity in children and adults. Polysomnogram (PSG) is the recording of sleep dysfunction during sleep/wake cycles and related breathing disorders. These "overnight" tests involve a registered polysomnogram technician, respiratory therapist, nurse, and attending physician.
Long-term monitoring is sometimes ordered using Video EEG. An extended EEG recording is done and may last 24 hours to 5 days. The patient is lying in bed during the test.
Electromyography (EMG) is used to study nerve and muscle function. EMG has two parts:
Evoked Potential (EP) records how quickly the brain, nerve or sensory receptors react to external stimulation. During (spine) surgery, EP is used to assess the nerves. In an outpatient clinical lab, there are four types of EP performed:
The four types of EP are:
Intraoperative NeuroMonitoring (IONM) monitors the nervous system during brain or spine surgery. IONM reduces the risk of stroke, paralysis, or other neurological deficits. IONM is also used during spine and vascular surgeries. ENT surgeons may use IONM to monitor cranial nerve function during an ear, nose or throat surgery.
Nerve conduction studies (NCS) record the response time when a peripheral nerve is stimulated. The neurodiagnostic technologist is recording how long it takes for a nerve impulse to reach the muscle. NCS studies are helpful for diagnosing nerve and muscle pain, weakness, cramping, or numbness.
The brain, spine and nervous system controls so many body functions. When nerves are damaged, the body feels pain, and muscles and body functions are affected. When the brain is injured, our ability to think and reason, or to see and hear clearly are muddled. Our back bone encloses the spinal cord. It is like the trunk of a tree and from it the nerves branch out to all parts of our body.
If you are concerned about chronic (repeat) symptoms, talk to your primary care physician. If you or a loved one collapses, has a black out or falls for no apparent reason, act fast and get emergency care.
Neuroscience specialists treat children and adults with these symptoms:
Slow growing noncancerous tumors (neuroma) can develop on the nerve in the inner ear or other nerves in the brain. As the tumor grows, it may cause noticeable signs and symptoms, including vertigo (dizziness), unsteadiness (loss of balance), or facial numbness and loss of muscle movement.
Memory disorders affect the memory and cognitive function of the brain. Common memory disorders include age-related memory loss, Alzheimer's disease, and dementias. Neurologists are experienced in the diagnosis and treatment of these disorders. Treatment includes identification of any underlying problems such as high blood pressure or nutritional deficiencies that may impair memory, medications, and physical, occupational, cognitive and counseling therapies. For patients and caregivers, St. Vincent Senior Services provides Alzheimer caregiver support and workshops and many other geriatric medicine services. St. Vincent Post-Acute Care Services have many resources from home health care to skilled nursing facilities that specialize in caring for individuals with dementia.
Epilepsy is one of the most common neurologic disorders treated. St. Vincent is highly experienced doing neurologic epilepsy studies in children and adults. Certain drugs, alcohol withdrawal, even having a low blood sugar can provoke a seizure (abnormal electrical activity in the brain) which may not be epilepsy. Electroencephalogram (EEG) is a pain-free neurodiagnostic test commonly used to diagnose epilepsy and other types of seizures. In adults, other brain imaging studies (CT, MRI, SPECT or PET brain scans) may be used, along with neuropsychology tests, to diagnose epilepsy.
For more information about the epilepsy studies done at St. Vincent Neurodiagnostic labs, call 317-338-4353.
For more information about our Pediatric Epilepsy services and programs click here.
Like pain, a headache can be a signal of a most serious medical disorder. Tell your doctor if you are experiencing chronic head pain. Neurologists have tests that rule out brain and nerve diseases that may cause headaches and migraines. We treat all types of headaches, including post-concussion syndrome.
There are four major types of a headache:
Many types of treatments manage and control headaches: Medication therapy; stress reduction; physical therapy; integrative therapies such as biofeedback training; and dietary changes that reduce headache triggers.
Neurologic advances in treating migraines and cluster headaches
Studies have shown new advances in the treatment of chronic migraines and other types of vascular headaches. Having pain in your head or neck for more than 15 days out of the month is considered chronic.
When a nerve is irritated or damaged, neuralgia may occur. This stabbing, burning, and often severe pain can be anywhere in the body. Neuralgia is often associated with aging, diabetes, multiple sclerosis, or an infection such as shingles. Neurologists are trained to help manage neuralgia pain and identify treatments that can heal the nerve (a slow process).
Multiple sclerosis (MS) occurs when the immune system attacks the protective covering of the nerve fibers. Communication problems result from nerve damage which includes many symptoms including tremors, tingling and pain, and weakness in the legs. At several St. Vincent locations, we provide multiple sclerosis support group and medication management programs for this neuromuscular condition.
Parkinson's Disease is a progressive neuromuscular condition associated with aging. It may start with a tremor in one hand and cause stiffness and difficulty moving. Medications can significantly improve symptom control. Targeted brain surgery has also been successful in controlling symptoms.
The cancer-fighting agents of our immune system can be affected and cause sensory problems, movement disorders, memory and concentration difficulties and sleep disorders. Neurologists work closely with oncologists to manage the side effects of cancer treatments.
Pediatric neurologists evaluate and treat infants, children, and teens with neurologic disorders of the brain, spine and central and peripheral nervous system. We provide family-centered care and services. The neurologists, neuro-trained nurses, and technologists support the NICU team and pediatricians when newborns are born with an abnormality and need to be stabilized and evaluated for a lifesaving neurosurgery or medical interventions. Common pediatric neurologic conditions treated include:
St. Vincent Sleep Disorder Centers are located throughout the state. We diagnose and treat sleep problems that may be associated with a neurologic condition or be the primary medical concern. There is a relationship between sleep disorders and cardiovascular disease (heart and stroke risk), nocturnal asthma, hypertension, and seizures. Neuro-diagnostic polysomnographic technologists work with a multi-disciplinary team of physicians (neurologists, pulmonary medicine specialists, and neuro-psychiatrists) to diagnose and manage these conditions:
A large variety of spinal conditions can cause back pain related nerve tingling, burning or numbness traveling through the legs and arms to the toes and fingertips. Neurosurgeons perform minimally invasive surgical procedures on the spine and brain to improve quality of life and overall health.
These conditions can be caused by trauma to the spine, infection, or a herniated disc that compresses and damages the nerve. Spine surgeons work with neuro-anesthesiologists and neurology-trained nurse practitioners to manage pain and recovery.
1 in 3 U.S. adults has high blood pressure, called the "silent killer." High blood pressure is the leading cause of stroke. Luckily most strokes can be prevented. Work with your doctor to reduce your risk.
Know the symptoms of STROKE — and act FAST
F / face drooping A / arm weakness S / speech difficulty T / time to call 911
Other sudden symptoms you should know:
Stroke is always a medical emergency. The longer symptoms go untreated increases the risk of brain damage. When it's a medical emergency, St. Vincent ERs are part of the Indiana Heart Attack Network and provide expert care for heart attack and stroke.
Looking for Stroke Rehab?
Participating in a certified stroke rehabilitation program is one key to stroke recovery. Another is having a strong caregiver support system at home. The St. Vincent stroke care team provides compassion, expert care, and education. We help patients and family caregivers achieve specific needs and goals.
Holy Cross Medical Arts Building
Anderson, Indiana 46016
|To schedule an appointment at this location, call 765-608-2645|
The Neuro-Diagnostic Center's services apply to diseases and conditions affecting the brain, spine, and central nervous system. Our Neurologists and Neuro-Diagnostic Technicians utilize a variety of diagnostic tools:
These tests aid in the diagnosis of a wide range of conditions affecting the brain, spine, and nerves, as well as the monitoring of chronic medical conditions.
13500 N Meridian St.
Carmel, IN 46032
|To schedule at this location, call 317-338-8234|
A neurodiagnostic technologist performs outpatient EEG testing at St. Vincent Carmel.
2001 West 86th Street.
Indianapolis, IN 46260
|Call centralized scheduling, 317-338-8234 for outpatient tests at the St. Vincent Indianapolis Neurodiagnostics Lab. If you are having an epilepsy study done, call 317-338-4353.|
A comprehensive network of neurologists and neuroscience specialists provide neurology services to children and adults with brain, spine, and nervous system disorders.
The St. Vincent Neurodiagnostic Testing Lab is an ABRET certified EEG lab with technologists credentialed in EEG, Evoked Potentials, and Intraoperative Neuromonitoring. These technologists support neurosurgeons doing brain and spine surgery and support critical care monitoring in the ICU, NICU, and PICU.
These technologists also perform several types of outpatient neurological testing:
The neurologist does nerve conduction studies as part of an EMG study. Medical imaging tests also are used by the neurologist and neurosurgeon to evaluate head and spine disorders. For example, brain CT is used to evaluate head trauma.
Cardiopulmonary Department, 1st Floor
1907 West Sycamore Street
Kokomo, IN 46901
|For scheduling call 765-456-4045.|
Neuro-diagnostic technologists provide outpatient EEG testing in the EEG Lab at St. Vincent Kokomo. These neuro-diagnostic technologists also work closely with the Sleep Disorders Center, located at 2130 West Sycamore Street, Kokomo, IN, 46901. For scheduling or information about sleep studies and CPAP supplies, call 765-456-5619.
Stroke Center and
St. Vincent Rehabilitation Institute
3900 West Washington Avenue
Evansville, IN 47714
|For scheduling call 812-485-7066.|
St. Vincent Medical Group Neurology Hospitalists are onsite at St. Vincent Evansville when a patient suffers a stroke, any neurologic disorder, including traumatic brain injury. A multi-disciplinary team is in place to support the needs of these patients. All registered nurses on the unit are trained in dysphagia screening and are National Institute of Health Stroke Scale (NIHSS) certified.
St.Vincent Evansville is a Joint Commission and AHA/American Stroke Associate certified, Primary Stroke Care Center. The St. Vincent Rehabilitation Institute is CARF-accredited and provides the highest levels of care for stroke and traumatic brain injury (TBI) patients. We are the only CARF accredited inpatient rehabilitation program in the tri-state area for stroke and TBI.
The St. Vincent Evansville Sleep Disorders Center is accredited by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine. Our registered polysomnography technicians, respiratory therapists, nurses, and attending physician perform long-term video EEG studies on children and adults. All types of sleep disorders (obstructive sleep apnea, narcolepsy, restless leg syndrome, chronic insomnia, and shift work sleep disorders) are diagnosed. Study results are provided to your neurologist, pulmonary medicine, or primary care physician for ongoing care and treatment. For more information, call 812-485-7680.
1331 South A Street
Elwood, Indiana 46036
|For more information, or to make an appointment, call 765-552-4600|
Neurologists and Neuro-ophthalmology specialists are in our Medical Specialty Center and the Specialty Suites on the second floor. A variety of advanced diagnostic procedures (Video EEG, EMG, and sleep studies) are available at St. Vincent Mercy.
Diagnosing sleep disorders involves doing a video EEG study. Our staff includes registered polysomnography technicians, respiratory therapists, nurses, and an attending physician who will perform the overnight study.
We diagnose all types of sleep disorders:
Study results are provided to your neurologist, pulmonary medicine, or primary care physician for ongoing care and treatment.