Information for Referrers

Nerve Conduction and Electromyography Studies

When to refer

Nerve conduction and EMG can provide helpful diagnostic and prognostic information in a variety of disorders including:

  • Carpal tunnel syndrome

  • Suspected ulnar neuropathy

  • Peripheral neuropathy - especially when it is progressive, disabling and/or atypical

  • Brachial plexus lesions

  • Radiculopathies

  • Foot drop

  • Suspected motor neuron disease

  • Suspected myopathy

  • Suspected myasethenia gravis

  • Painful neuropathy

How to refer

The neurologist performing the test will use clinical information to tailor the study to the patient's specific case. Please provide details of symptoms, duration, examination findings, progression and relevant medical history (e.g. diabetes mellitus, recent chemotherapy) in your referral to ensure you get the answers you need from the test.

If you would like to discuss an urgent or complex case, or if you're not sure whether this is the best test for your patient's situation, please do not hesitate to contact us on (08) 8243 0975 to discuss the case with a specialist prior to referral.

Dr Jessica Hafner is also happy to receive NCS referrals or queries from referring doctors via email. Please include your contact details, including a phone number, so she can contact you to discuss the case if required. At this time she is not able to take any correspondence from patients or carers via this email address.

At this time, Dr Jessica Hafner is providing private NCS and EMG services at Western Neurology on Monday mornings. Dr Martin Robinson and Dr Grant Purdie also provide private NCS and EMG services with weekly clinics based at The Queen Elizabeth Hospital.


You may refer your patient using a brief clinical letter detailing the test required or our referral form below. You may also wish to provide your patient with this patient information sheet.