A neurodiagnostic technologist works in a clinical or hospital environment. The technologist performs tests on outpatients and inpatients. These tests will center around the patient’s nervous system and will be carried out by monitoring electrical activity. The technologist must be able to recognize various EEG patterns. After the tests are carried out, the technologist should document the results and report any abnormal findings to the medical provider in charge.
These tests are essential in determining a variety of conditions, such as strokes and seizures. The technologist may also have billing responsibilities, along with other administrative duties. It is important to perform duties with the appropriate techniques. Strong customer service and communication skills are important, in order to help patients stay relaxed and to be able to explain procedures. This job requires working with a variety of patients of different age groups and abilities, so patience and the ability to appropriately adjust communication methods is necessary. Communication skills are also important, in order to properly communicate with other medical staff. Strong verbal and written skills are needed.
This job requires schooling in neurodiagnostic training and a degree from an accredited neurodiagnostic school. Generally this takes two years. Certification as an EEG technologist must have already been acquired as well. BLS certification must also be current. Shifts may vary, and some may involve night and weekend hours. Some experience in a hospital or clinic setting is required for many jobs. This experience may be gained by previous employment or by internships.
Neurodiagnostic Technologist Tasks
Monitor patients' comfort, blood pressure and heart rate during tests.
Prepare reports of diagnostic procedures for interpretation by physician.
Conduct and analyze complex electroencephalography (EEG), electromyography (EMG), nerve conduction velocity (NCV), or other neurodiagnastic tests.
Adjust equipment and controls according to physicians' orders or established protocol.
Obtain and record patient identification, medical history and test results.