Table 1

 Strengths and weaknesses of the EEG

NCSE, non-convulsive status epilepticus.
EEG is useful for: EEG is generally not helpful for:
Identifying seizures or NCSESpecifying diagnosis or aetiology
Distinguishing organic disorders from psychiatric/functional illnessDistinction between acute and chronic processes
Predicting outcome of some types of comaEarly detection of dementia Exclusion of epilepsy
Identifying reversible causes of cognitive impairment