A patient coming in for an sEMG scan should not be taking any medication that would affect muscular activity (e.g., muscle relaxants, steroids) and should also refrain from any strenuous muscular activity in the hours prior to the sEMG scan.

Prior to initiating the Static EMG scan the patient should be prepared as follows.
• Ask men to remove their shirt and women to change into a gown.
• Pin up any hair covering the patient’s neck or back.
• Wipe down the patient’s spinal region with isopropyl alcohol and allow the alcohol time to dry.
• The patient should be sitting with both feet flat on the floor, hands palm up, resting on their lap, looking straight ahead and remaining as stationary as possible.