An electroencephalography (EEG) technologist works at a medical institution such as a private practice or a hospital and carries out tests that measure the activity on a patient’s scalp. Neurological problems can often be determined through these tests. Some things that can be diagnosed by these readings are epilepsy, strokes, and tumors.
Prior to starting the job, it is important to be familiar with the tools involved in order to be able to carry out the tasks and to troubleshoot the equipment when minor problems arise. The technologist should aim to receive accurate recordings. It is important to be able to determine when the devices are not performing correctly through anomalous recordings and to quickly make adjustments. Being familiar with the machines may take a few years of practice. The technologist may also be expected to continuously evaluate procedures in order to make suggestions as to where they can be improved. Therefore, it is important to keep up to date with the latest developments in the field. The technologist should have strong communication skills in order to communicate with physicians and to be able to explain procedures to patients. It is also important to be able to make patients feel at ease. The technologist must be detail-oriented, especially since accurate records need to be passed on to physicians.
Also, the technologist needs to understand medical terminology and coding in order to carry out the procedure ordered by the physician. There are often front desk duties associated with this position, such as answering the phone and scheduling appointments. Usually, an associate’s degree relating to electroencephalography is required.
Electroencephalography (EEG) Technologist Tasks
Monitor patient respiration, heart and brain activity during procedure.
File reports, order supplies and maintain equipment.
Operate equipment to record electrical activity of the brain readings.
Attach electrodes to patient's head to obtain brain activity readings.
Prepare readings for interpretation by a physician.