The nervous system specialist (neurologist) conducting the EMG will need to know if you have certain medical conditions. Tell the neurologist and other EMG lab personnel if you:

  • Have a pacemaker or any other electrical medical device
  • Take blood-thinning medications
  • Have hemophilia, a blood-clotting disorder that causes prolonged bleeding

Questions to ask

When you schedule your EMG, you may want to ask the following questions:

  • What time do I need to arrive?
  • Where is the EMG lab, and what's the best way to find it in the hospital or clinic?
  • Do I need to stop taking any prescription or over-the-counter medications before the exam?
  • Can a friend or relative be with me during the exam?


Take a shower or bath shortly before your exam in order to remove oils from your skin. Don't apply lotions or creams before the exam.

Oct. 25, 2012