Neurodiagnostic Technologist - Job Description, Duties, Education, Skills, Salary, & Growth

Neurodiagnostic Technologist

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Job Description

 

The job of a neurodiagnostic technologist is to use specialized equipment to assess and monitor how well a patient’s nervous system is functioning. This helps doctors identify and treat various neurological problems.

A neurodiagnostic technologist receives extensive training in neurophysiology. This enables them to identify normal and abnormal electrical activity produces in the central nervous system, including autonomic and peripheral nervous systems.

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Responsibilities

 

The neurodiagnostic technologist records electoral patterns throughout these systems to obtain valuable data that the patient’s physician can use to identify and treat conditions such as dizziness, headaches, strokes, seizure disorders and degenerative brain disease.

Neurodiagnostic technologists can perform tests that help doctors to uncover elusive causes of mental disorders and help doctors make a determination as to whether a patient is “brain-dead.”

Procedures that a neurodiagnostic technologist may perform include:

  • Electroencephalograms (EEGs), which are used to assess the presence of brain activity

  • Tracking brain and nerve function with intraoperative neuromonitoring during surgery 

  • Diagnosis of seizures and other disorders through long-term monitoring

  • Polysomnograms, which are used to diagnosis sleep disorders

  • Measuring neurological responses to external stimuli in order to trace electrical pathways

  • Measure the time it takes to send an electrical signal along a specific nerve to a particular muscle using nerve conduction studies

The most common test performed by neurodiagnostic technologists is the EEG. The technologist is also responsible for the safety of patients and staff, and for maintaining and calibrating the equipment.

The accuracy of the data and analysis supplied by the neurodiagnostic technologist is paramount to the neurologist.

This requires the neurodiagnostic technologist to possess the knowledge, judgment and critical thinking skills necessary to ensure that the reported results are complete and accurate.

 

Skills

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Monitoring

You will be monitoring/assessing performance of yourself, and patients to make improvements or take corrective action. Sometimes you must monitor patients to see if they are alive or if they are brain dead. Monitoring is one of the most important skills.

Critical Thinking

Must use logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

Attention to Detail

Must be careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks. You will have to monitor patients who have neuro-disorders which are complex and need tons of attention.

Dependability

Must be reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfill all your obligations. 

Concern for Others

Must be sensitive to others' needs and feelings and be understanding and helpful on the job. You will work with patients and families who are vulnerable and at rough times in their lives.

Analytical Thinking

Must be able to analyze information and use logic to address work-related issues and problems.

Computers & Electronics

Must have Knowledge of electronic equipment, and computers because you will be using specialty equipment to monitor and track patients.

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Working Conditions

 

As a neurodiagnostic technologist, you will work with patients of all ages. Most procedures performed by neurodiagnostic technologists are done in labs outfitted with the required equipment needed to conduct neurodiagnostic studies.

Potentially, a neurodiagnostic technologist may find employment opportunities in the following locales:

  • Hospitals

  • Physician’s offices

  • Clinics

  • Epilepsy monitoring units

  • Sleep disorder clinics

  • Research institutions

The diagnostic monitoring procedures can last anywhere from an hour or two to prolonged continuous monitoring.

While conducting the procedure, the neurodiagnostic technologist is responsible for ensuring an acceptable level of comfort for the patient, answering questions the patient may have about the procedure and help relieve any anxiety that patient may have.

The neurodiagnostic technologist is also charged with constantly observing the data being recorded by the specialized neurodiagnostic equipment.

Intraoperative neuromonitoring may be necessary for some patients undergoing certain surgical procedures.

In this instance, the neurodiagnostic technologist will be required to monitor the patient’s EEG as the surgical procedure progresses. This provides the surgeon with ongoing real-time information about the patient’s brain activity and/or nerve function.

 

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Salary Outlook

Title Company Location Posted
04.15.2016
Here at WakeMed, the Neurodiagnostic Technologist provides neurological services with minimal supervision to inpatients and outpatients of neonatal, pediatric and adult age groups. Neurological services are completed through the application of...
10.10.2017
- NEURODIAGNOSTIC TECHNOLOGIST II-SLEEP DISORDERS PROGRAM (OTH01KI1) Job Description NEURODIAGNOSTIC TECHNOLOGIST II-SLEEP DISORDERS PROGRAM-OTH01KI1 Description Will follow procedural protocols,[such as Multiple Sleep Latency Test...
10.16.2017
Works under the supervision of the director of the Neurodiagnostic Center, and the coordinator for the department. Prepares patients for and conducts routine and special END procedures, such as EEG and EMG. Performs diagnostic and investigative...
10.16.2017
Pay Range: $13.71 - $19.33 JOB SUMMARY The Neurodiagnostics Intern works collaboratively with all members of the health care team to perform neurodiagnostic testing including, but not limited to Electroencephalograms, and ensure quality care...
08.21.2017
The Polysomnographic Technologist works under the general supervision of the clinical director (MD) or designee to provide a comprehensive evaluation and treatment of sleep disorders. This may involve polysomnography, diagnostic and therapeutic...
10.16.2017
Education / Experience: High School graduate or equivalent required. Graduate of an EEG program or Associates degree, or Registered EEG Tech (R.EEG T), or Registered Polysomnographic Tech (R.PSG T) preferred. BLS required. License /...
10.16.2017
Education / Experience: High School graduate or equivalent required. Graduate of an EEG program or Associates degree, or Registered EEG Tech (R.EEG T), or Registered Polysomnographic Tech (R.PSG T) preferred. BLS required. License /...
09.14.2017
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09.29.2017
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10.16.2017
- Successful completion/graduate of a program required by job VCU Health System's Operating Room is seeking a PRN/Hourly - Surgical Technologist. The Surgical Technologist (operating room scrub technician) sets up sterile field, gathers...
08.24.2017
Job Req ID: 142558 Position Number: 00155329 Employment Type: Part Time Shift: Day Shift Details : Variable Days Standard Hours:  24.00 Department Name: Neurodiagnostics Location: CHS University...
09.29.2017
High School Diploma/GED Are you interested in positions located in Kendallville, IN? This position will be located at Parkview Noble, however based upon census and staffing needs you may be required to float to Parkview Lagrange. The position...
09.29.2017
Associates Degree Summary: Under the Perioperative leader, assumes responsibility and accountability for assuring quality care as a health care team member within the Perioperative environment. The scope of responsibility of the Surgical...
09.29.2017
High School Diploma/GED Are you interested in positions located in Kendallville, IN? This position will be located at Parkview Noble, however based upon census and staffing needs you may be required to float to Parkview Lagrange. The position...
09.29.2017
High School Diploma/GED Are you interested in positions located in Fort Wayne, IN? Summary: Under the Perioperative leader, assumes responsibility and accountability for assuring quality care as a health care team member within the...
  1. Neurodiagnostic Technologist III (CNIM-IOM) ** (Future Openings) Raleigh, NC WakeMed Health & Hospitals
    Here at WakeMed, the Neurodiagnostic Technologist provides neurological services with minimal supervision to inpatients and outpatients of neonatal, pediatric and adult age groups. Neurological services are completed through the application of...
  2. NEURODIAGNOSTIC TECHNOLOGIST II-SLEEP DISORDERS PROGRAM Chapel Hill, NC UNC Health Care
    - NEURODIAGNOSTIC TECHNOLOGIST II-SLEEP DISORDERS PROGRAM (OTH01KI1) Job Description NEURODIAGNOSTIC TECHNOLOGIST II-SLEEP DISORDERS PROGRAM-OTH01KI1 Description Will follow procedural protocols,[such as Multiple Sleep Latency Test...
  3. Neurodiagnostic Technologist - Epilepsy Monitoring Unit Wilmington, NC New Hanover Regional Medical Center
    Works under the supervision of the director of the Neurodiagnostic Center, and the coordinator for the department. Prepares patients for and conducts routine and special END procedures, such as EEG and EMG. Performs diagnostic and investigative...
  4. NEURODIAGNOSTIC INTERN Mason City, IA Mercy Medical Center North Iowa
    Pay Range: $13.71 - $19.33 JOB SUMMARY The Neurodiagnostics Intern works collaboratively with all members of the health care team to perform neurodiagnostic testing including, but not limited to Electroencephalograms, and ensure quality care...
  5. SLEEP TECHNOLOGIST Lumberton, NC Southeastern Regional Medical Center
    The Polysomnographic Technologist works under the general supervision of the clinical director (MD) or designee to provide a comprehensive evaluation and treatment of sleep disorders. This may involve polysomnography, diagnostic and therapeutic...
  6. EEG Technologist Montgomery, AL Baptist Health
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  7. EEG Technologist Montgomery, AL Baptist Health
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  8. NEURODIAGNOSTIC TECH, REG 1 Greenville, SC Greenville Health System
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  10. Surgical Technologist Richmond, VA VCU Health System
    - Successful completion/graduate of a program required by job VCU Health System's Operating Room is seeking a PRN/Hourly - Surgical Technologist. The Surgical Technologist (operating room scrub technician) sets up sterile field, gathers...
  11. Neurodiagnostic Technician - Neurodiagnostics - PT 24hrs Variable Days 1st Shift Charlotte, NC Carolinas HealthCare System
    Job Req ID: 142558 Position Number: 00155329 Employment Type: Part Time Shift: Day Shift Details : Variable Days Standard Hours:  24.00 Department Name: Neurodiagnostics Location: CHS University...
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