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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.

From: What Are Hallucinations? WebMD Medical Reference

Reviewed by Neil Lava on November 11, 2018

Medically Reviewed on 11/11/2018

SOURCES:

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

Ali, S.  , November 2011. Current Psychiatry

National Institute of Mental Health: "Schizophrenia."

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

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

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

Reviewed by Neil Lava on November 11, 2018

SOURCES:

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

Ali, S.  , November 2011. Current Psychiatry

National Institute of Mental Health: "Schizophrenia."

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

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

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

Reviewed by Neil Lava on November 11, 2018

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