What does a Neurodiagnostic Technologist do?

Conduct electroneurodiagnostic (END) tests such as electroencephalograms, evoked potentials, polysomnograms, or electronystagmograms. May perform nerve conduction studies.

Jobs Roles

  • Attach electrodes to patients using adhesives.
  • Summarize technical data to assist physicians to diagnose brain, sleep, or nervous system disorders.
  • Conduct tests or studies such as electroencephalography (EEG), polysomnography (PSG), nerve conduction studies (NCS), electromyography (EMG), and intraoperative monitoring (IOM).
  • Calibrate, troubleshoot, or repair equipment and correct malfunctions as needed.
  • Conduct tests to determine cerebral death, the absence of brain activity, or the probability of recovery from a coma.
  • Measure visual, auditory, or somatosensory evoked potentials (EPs) to determine responses to stimuli.
  • Indicate artifacts or interferences derived from sources outside of the brain, such as poor electrode contact or patient movement, on electroneurodiagnostic recordings.
  • Measure patients' body parts and mark locations where electrodes are to be placed.
  • Monitor patients during tests or surgeries, using electroencephalographs (EEG), evoked potential (EP) instruments, or video recording equipment.
  • Set up, program, or record montages or electrical combinations when testing peripheral nerve, spinal cord, subcortical, or cortical responses.
  • Adjust equipment to optimize viewing of the nervous system.
  • Collect patients' medical information needed to customize tests.
  • Submit reports to physicians summarizing test results.
  • Assist in training technicians, medical students, residents or other staff members.
  • Explain testing procedures to patients, answering questions or reassuring patients as needed.
  • Participate in research projects, conferences, or technical meetings.
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