END technologists who specialize in EEG procedures may be called electroencephalographic (EEG) technologists.
The electroencephalogram (EEG), the most well-known procedure, is a recording of the electrical activity of the brain. The activity appears as patterns of wavy lines, hence the term “brain waves.” EEGs help in the diagnosis and management of brain disorders.
EEG Technologists take medical histories of patients and prepare them for testing. Technologists record patient’s behavior during the EEG testing. After testing, they send the results to the patient’s physician. More advanced Electroneurodiagnostic Technologists record electrical potentials, calculate results, maintain equipment, and may work with specific treatments. They put patients at ease and comfort them during the recording procedure that can last from twenty minutes (for a single nerve conduction study) to eight hours (for an overnight sleep study).
For epilepsy, long term monitoring is often performed in specialized monitoring units or Epilepsy Centers. This procedure involves EEG electrodes on the scalp or implanted directly on the brain by a neurosurgeon. The technologist is responsible for closely monitoring the patient and brain for seizure activity. Digital EEG equipped with video monitoring equipment is usual utilized.