(Note: For staffing reasons beyond my control, the exam was in fact a "routine" 30-minute EEG.)
The machine looks a bit like an octopus, with all those wires. I unfortunately didn't get a picture of me with the wires on, but I've always thought the EEG machine itself looked cool.
|The Machine. Probably without Florence.|
My particular EEGs are pretty boring, mostly. Once a year or so, I go into a room, get my scalp measured and marked off with a pencil (which is painful—your scalp wasn't really meant as drawing paper), get wires pasted onto my scalp, lie down on a hospital bed, and then mostly close my eyes and lie there listening to the tech click away with keyboard and mouse. It's a good thing they want you to fall asleep. But they're the best quick view my neuro has into what's going on with my brain, so I deal with it.
Besides, who would miss a chance to get off work to take a nap?
The Epilepsy Foundation of America has (as usual) a really good quickie discussion of an EEG with more information available.