What does an Electroneurodiagnostic Technologist do?
Electroneurodiagnostic technologists (electroencephalograph technologists) operate specialized instruments that measure and record the electrical activity of the central nervous system. They perform procedures to record the brain’s electrical activity on a graph. Neurologists use these graphs to determine if patients are suffering from a central nervous system disease or condition, such as Alzheimer’s disease, stroke, epilepsy, brain trauma or brain tumor. Frequently, electroneurodiagnostic technicians choose to work in specialty areas, such as long-term monitoring for epilepsy, sleep studies or monitoring waveforms during surgery. Electroneurodiagnostic technologists usually work in hospital laboratories, although some work in physicians’ offices.
What might an Electroneurodiagnostic Technologist do in a workday?
- talk to patients to obtain medical histories.
- apply electrodes onto the scalp or other parts of the body according to a specified pattern.
- perform tests such as electroencephalograms, evoked potentials and polysomnograms.
- identify sources of interference during procedures, such as poor electrode contact or patient movement.
- choose instrument settings for optimal viewing of the electrical activity.
- make minor adjustments and repairs to recording instruments.
- prepare written reports of the tracings for physicians.
How much salary do Electroneurodiagnostic Technologists make?
Average Salary Range
$45,090 (provided by the Occupational Information Network)
How do I become an Electroneurodiagnostic Technologist?
Students interested in a career as an electroneurodiagnostic technologist should begin early by taking high school courses in math, science, computer technology and English.
Registered electroneurodiagnostic technologists must have an associate degree in electroneurodiagnostics or an associate degree and one year of experience in electroneurodiagnostics and have successfully completed written and oral examinations.
Where else can I learn about becoming an Electoneurodiagnostic Technologist?
American Society of Electroneurodiagnostic Technologists
402 E. Bannister Road
Kansas City, MO 64131-3019