Epilepsy Monitoring Unit

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Epilepsy Health Library InformationWelcome to the web pages for the  Epilepsy Monitoring Unit (EMU) at UTMB Health. The following pages provide information on what we do, how we can serve you, and what to expect during an evaluation in our facility.

As part of your evaluation at our Epilepsy Monitoring Unit (EMU), we'll record your typical events for better diagnosis and/or to adjust your antiepileptic medication safely. To record your events, we use a video camera, microphones and continuous EEG recording. We do these so your doctor can learn more about your seizures and provide the best possible care for you.


Who is the EMU for?

  • Patients with epilepsy who are interested in in finding out what type of epilepsy they have, in order to get the best medical and/or surgical treatment.
  • Patients with epilepsy who are interested in finding out how well-controlled their epilepsy is.
  • Patients who have seizure-like episodes and who are interested in finding out whether or not they have epilepsy.

What will a patient get out of an EMU stay? 

  • An answer as to whether or not they have epilepsy, and if so, what type of epilepsy and what would be the best treatment for it. This treatment will usually be started during the EMU stay.
  • If they are found to not have epilepsy, then during their EMU stay they will usually be started on treatment for whatever other underlying problem may be discovered.
  • An in-depth explanation of whatever their diagnosis is found to be.
  • All records from the EMU stay will be promptly available for the patient to have them sent to their primary care doctor.

Our Lead Physician

Dr. Todd Masel
Dr. Todd Masel


After receiving his under graduate education at the University of Texas in Austin, Dr. Masel attended medical school at UTMB in Galveston, where he also completed his Neurology residency training. He then completed a Clinical Neurophysiology fellowship at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas, before returning to UTMB as a faculty member. He is currently the Director of the Epilepsy Monitoring Unit, the Co-director of the EEG Department, and the Associate Director of the Neurology residency program. He is board certified in both Neurology and Clinical Neurophysiology. He practices Neurology, with a special emphasis on Epilepsy.

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Epilepsy Monitoring Unit

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8th and Market St.
Galveston, Texas 77555

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