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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
10.18.2019
In an environment of continuous quality improvement, as an integral member of the healthcare team, the Neurodiagnostic Technologist utilizes critical thinking skills to assess, treat and care for patients. Responsible for the operation and...
10.18.2019
The Neurodiagnostic Technologist will be responsible for performing EEG (electroencephalogram) testing. Primary duties for this position include: Explaining procedure to the patient and family, measuring and applying electrodes accurately and...
10.18.2019
Perform a variety of neurodiagnostic testing under the general supervision of the Chief Technologist of the EEG/EMG Laboratory. Qualifications: High School Diploma or equivalent. 1-2 years training in accredited EEG Technology School....
09.11.2019
Allina Health is dedicated to the prevention and treatment of illness and enhancing the greater health of individuals, families and communities throughout Minnesota and western Wisconsin. A not-for-profit health care system, Allina Health cares...
10.18.2019
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...
10.18.2019
The Neurodiagnostic Technologist will be responsible for performing EEG (electroencephalogram) testing. Primary duties for this position include: Explaining procedure to the patient and family, measuring and applying electrodes accurately and...
10.16.2019
Duke University Hospital is consistently rated as one of the best in the United States and is known around the world for its outstanding care and groundbreaking research. Duke University Hospital has 957 inpatient beds and offers comprehensive...
10.18.2019
The Level III EEG Technologist meets all of the criteria for EEG Technologist Level II. In addition they hold one of the advanced credentials from ABRET. The Level III EEG Technologist works with considerable independence and self-direction in...
10.18.2019
Part time, 24 hours per week (.6 fte), benefits eligible.Seeking candidate who is able to perform EEG and EMG(NCV) procedures. This position supports Mercy's philosophy of patient centered care by providing Neurodiagnostic testing to both...
10.18.2019
PRN, scheduled as needed. Will cover scheduled absences within the department. This position supports Mercy's philosophy of patient centered care by providing Neurodiagnostic testing to both inpatients and outpatients to include EEG, EMG, Evoked...
10.01.2019
Job Req ID: 230723 Position Number: 00130773 Employment Type: Full Time Shift: Day Shift Details : 7:00am-7:30pm Saturday, Sunday, Tuesday Standard Hours:  40.00 Department Name: Inpatient Diagnostics...
10.08.2019
Make the most of your clinical skills at an organization that has earned numerous awards for clinical excellence. Based in Roanoke, VA, our community-based health care organization encompasses a comprehensive network of hospitals, primary and...
09.25.2019
Qualifications:High School diploma or equivalent GED certification required. Ability to read, write, speak, understand and communicate in English sufficiently to perform the duties of this position. Completion of a Neuro diagnostic program...
08.24.2018
Job Req ID: 171464 Position Number: 00164005 Employment Type: PRN Shift: Variable/On Call Shift Details : Standard Hours:  4.00 Department Name: Neurodiagnostics Location: Atrium Health...
10.08.2019
Duke University Hospital is consistently rated as one of the best in the United States and is known around the world for its outstanding care and groundbreaking research. Duke University Hospital has 957 inpatient beds and offers comprehensive...
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