A certified neurological intraoperative monitoring (CNIM) technologist usually works in a hospital alongside surgeons and anesthesiologists. This technologist is someone who both prepares patients for neuro-diagnostic procedures and conducts intraoperative monitoring procedures on patients. The purpose of the monitoring is to reduce the risk of neurological defects after patients have operations. Some of the technologies used by a CNIM technologist include electromyography, somatosensory-evoked potentials, and electroencephalography.
This type of work is both mental and physical. The technician will have to be able to understand and record the medical data in the reports. The technician will need to have good communication skills, in order to build a rapport with the patient. The technician will have to be flexible enough to be able to adapt to various situations, regarding recording the patient's information. In addition, the job has physical aspects, since the technician will have to be able to lift, pull, and push both the patients and various pieces of equipment.
A certified neurological intraoperative monitoring technologist is likely certified by the American Board of Registration of Electroencephalographic and Evoked Potential Technologists (ABRET). The technologist is usually required to have graduated from a program accredited by the American Medical Academy (AMA) in neuro-diagnostics. Such a program can range from two to four years in length.
Certified Neurological Intraoperative Monitoring Technologist Tasks
Monitor patients' comfort and safety during tests, alerting physicians to abnormalities or changes in patient responses.
Start, adjust and observe equipment and controls according to physicians' orders or established protocol.
Conduct neurodiagnostic monitoring to record patients' peripheral or central nervous system, using specialized electronic test equipment, recording devices, and laboratory instruments.
Observe gauges, recorder, and video screens of data analysis system during imaging of nervous system.
Prepare reports of diagnostic procedures for interpretation by physician.