Neurodiagnostic Technologists

Health Science > Diagnostic Services

Projected Growth: Much faster than average

11700+
Projected Job Openings

Medium Preparation Needed

Job Description

Your job is to Conduct electroneurodiagnostic (END) tests such as electroencephalograms, evoked potentials, polysomnograms, or electronystagmograms. May perform nerve conduction studies.

Common job titles of Neurodiagnostic Technologists include:
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Experience and Education

Previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is required for these occupations. For example, an electrician must have completed three or four years of apprenticeship or several years of vocational training, and often must have passed a licensing exam, in order to perform the job.

  • 54.55% said they needed a Associate's Degree.

  • 21.21% said they needed a Bachelor's Degree.

Tasks

    Collect patients' medical information needed to customize tests.

    Calibrate, troubleshoot, or repair equipment and correct malfunctions, as needed.

    Attach electrodes to patients, using adhesives.

    Conduct tests or studies such as electroencephalography (EEG), polysomnography (PSG), nerve conduction studies (NCS), electromyography (EMG), and intraoperative monitoring (IOM).

    Indicate artifacts or interferences derived from sources outside of the brain, such as poor electrode contact or patient movement, on electroneurodiagnostic recordings.

    Assist in training technicians, medical students, residents, or other staff members.

    Submit reports to physicians summarizing test results.

    Adjust equipment to optimize viewing of the nervous system.

    Set up, program, or record montages or electrical combinations when testing peripheral nerve, spinal cord, subcortical, or cortical responses.

    Summarize technical data to assist physicians to diagnose brain, sleep, or nervous system disorders.

    Measure patients' body parts and mark locations where electrodes are to be placed.

    Explain testing procedures to patients, answering questions or reassuring patients, as needed.

    Monitor patients during tests or surgeries, using electroencephalographs (EEG), evoked potential (EP) instruments, or video recording equipment.

    Measure visual, auditory, or somatosensory evoked potentials (EPs) to determine responses to stimuli.

    Conduct tests to determine cerebral death, the absence of brain activity, or the probability of recovery from a coma.

    Participate in research projects, conferences, or technical meetings.

Tools

Wireless encephalographs

Video recorders

Surface disk electrodes

Subdural strip electrodes

Subdural grid electrodes

Subdermal needle electrodes

Sphenoidal electrodes

All Tools

Signal generators

Pulsed-wave Doppler ultrasound units

Pulse oximeters

Protective medical gloves

Portable electroencephalographs

Otoscopes

Neurophysiologic interoperative monitoring systems

Medical measuring tapes

Laptop computers

Hypodermic syringes

Goggles

Eye charts

Evoked potential measuring systems

Epidural electrodes

Electromyographs EMG

Electroencephalography EEG equipment

Electroencephalography EEG amplifiers

Electrode input panels

Disposable foam pad electrodes

Differential amplifiers

Desktop computers

Depth electrodes

Corkscrew needle electrodes

Computer monitors

Air dryers

Technologies

MEDITECH software

BESA EEGFocus

Cadwell Laboratories Easy

EEG Portaview

FileMaker Pro

Natus NeuroWorks

Neurofax SpikeDetector

All Technologies

Neurotronics Polysmith

Scheduling software

Sleep analysis software

Skills

Critical Thinking

Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

Speaking

Talking to others to convey information effectively.

Active Listening

Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

Monitoring

Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

Reading Comprehension

Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

Writing

Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.

Social Perceptiveness

Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.

Operation Monitoring

Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.

Judgment and Decision Making

Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.

Service Orientation

Actively looking for ways to help people.

Time Management

Managing one's own time and the time of others.

Active Learning

Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.

Learning Strategies

Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.

Coordination

Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.

Instructing

Teaching others how to do something.

Complex Problem Solving

Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.

Abilities

Tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.

Cognitive Abilities › Idea Generation and Reasoning Abilities › Problem Sensitivity

Communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.

Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Oral Expression

Listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.

Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Oral Comprehension

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Occupation Sections

Knowledge

Medicine and Dentistry

Knowledge of the information and techniques needed to diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities. This includes symptoms, treatment alternatives, drug properties and interactions, and preventive health-care measures.

English Language

Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

Computers and Electronics

Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

Clerical

Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.

Education and Training

Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

Biology

Knowledge of plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, interdependencies, and interactions with each other and the environment.

Administration and Management

Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.

Psychology

Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.

Mathematics

Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.

Public Safety and Security

Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.

Personnel and Human Resources

Knowledge of principles and procedures for personnel recruitment, selection, training, compensation and benefits, labor relations and negotiation, and personnel information systems.

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