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What tests do you need to treat hallucinations?

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You may need tests to help identify the problem. For instance, an EEG, or electroencephalogram, checks for unusual patterns of electrical activity in your brain. It could show if your hallucinations are because of seizures.

You might get an MRI, or magnetic resonance imaging, which uses powerful magnets and radio waves to make pictures of structures inside your body. It can find out if a brain tumor or something else, like an area that's had a small stroke, could be causing your hallucinations.

SOURCES:

Teeple, R. The Primary Care Companion to the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, 2009.

Ali, S. Current Psychiatry, November 2011.

National Institute of Mental Health: "Schizophrenia."

Alzheimer's Association: "Hallucinations and Alzheimer's."

Capampangan, D. Annals of Emergency Medicine, October 2010.

Kathirvel, N. Progress in Neurology and Psychiatry, January/February 2013.

Reviewed by Joseph Goldberg on July 13, 2019

SOURCES:

Teeple, R. The Primary Care Companion to the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, 2009.

Ali, S. Current Psychiatry, November 2011.

National Institute of Mental Health: "Schizophrenia."

Alzheimer's Association: "Hallucinations and Alzheimer's."

Capampangan, D. Annals of Emergency Medicine, October 2010.

Kathirvel, N. Progress in Neurology and Psychiatry, January/February 2013.

Reviewed by Joseph Goldberg on July 13, 2019

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