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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
03.24.2017
Performs a minimum of three procedures in the neurodiagnostic lab. These procedures include EEG, EMG, Autonomic testing, Evoke Potentials, OR Monitoring, or assisting with BOTOX treatments. May assist in the training of other technicians.
03.24.2017
Performs a minimum of three procedures in the neurodiagnostic lab. These procedures include EEG, EMG, Autonomic testing, Evoke Potentials, OR Monitoring, or assisting with BOTOX treatments. May assist in the training of other technicians.
03.24.2017
Performs a minimum of three procedures in the neurodiagnostic lab. These procedures include EEG, EMG, Autonomic testing, Evoke Potentials, OR Monitoring, or assisting with BOTOX treatments. May assist in the training of other technicians.
03.24.2017
Performs a minimum of three procedures in the neurodiagnostic lab. These procedures include EEG, EMG, Autonomic testing, Evoke Potentials, OR Monitoring, or assisting with BOTOX treatments. May assist in the training of other technicians.
03.24.2017
Responsible for the preparation and performance of various neurodiagnostics modalities as well as associated paperwork supporting those functions. Responsible for the training of department personnel regarding modalities performed. Modalities...
03.24.2017
*This position also includes working rotating weekdays on-call (4p-7p) & rotating weekends (1 in 4) on-call (7:30a-7p) with a 30 minute response time. Responsible for the preparation and performance of various neurodiagnostics modalities...
04.15.2016
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03.24.2017
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03.24.2017
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03.24.2017
Obtains standard as well as special procedure EEG recordings and monitors additional physiologic phenomena by means of appropriate techniques and instrumentation. Essential Responsibilities: Records physiological data from the patients having...
03.24.2017
The Electroneurodiagnostic Technologist (END) prepares patients for and conducts EEGs, evoked potentials, polysomnographic recordings including MSLT and intraoperative monitoring to assist the physician in establishing appropriate diagnosis and...
03.20.2017
Job Exempt No General Job Summary This job is an Allied health specialty for diagnosing patients with neurological disorders. Under direct supervision of the laboratory supervisor, prepares patients for and conducts neurological testing...
03.21.2017
Performs standard and complex electroneurodiagnostic procedures on all age patients. Will be cross-trained to perform evoked potentials, long term video monitoring , and intraoperative monitoring, as well as 24hr Ambulatory EEG and Trans...
02.08.2017
Job Req ID: 124872 Position Number: 00105388 Employment Type: Full Time Shift: Day Shift Details : Nights/varied with rotating call shifts Standard Hours:  40.00 Department Name: Inpatient Diagnostics...
01.19.2017
Job Req ID: 113993 Position Number: 00160075 Employment Type: Part Time Shift: Variable/On Call Shift Details : Days-Varied Standard Hours:  10.00 Department Name: Neurodiagnostics Location: CHS...
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