Electroneurodiagnostics is the allied health care profession centered around recording, monitoring, and analyzing nervous system function to promote the effective treatment of pathologic conditions.
Technologists record electrical activity arising from the brain, spinal cord, peripheral nerves, and somatosensory or motor nerve systems using a variety of techniques and instruments. Technologists prepare data and documentation for interpretation by a physician. Considerable individual initiative, reasoning skill, and sound judgment are all expected of the electroneurodiagnostic professional. The most common electroneurodiagnostic procedures include:
• Electroencephalogram (EEG)
• Intraoperative Neuromonitoring (IONM)
• Long Term Monitoring (LTM)
• Polysomnogram (PSG)
• Evoked Potential (EP)
• Nerve Conduction Studies (NCS)
END personnel work primarily in neurology-related departments of hospitals, but many also work in clinics and the private offices of neurologists and neurosurgeons. Growth in employment within the profession is expected to be greater than average, owing to the increased use of EEG and EP techniques in surgery; in diagnosing and monitoring patients with epilepsy; and in diagnosing sleep disorders.
END technologists may also have other duties and responsibilities in the course of administering diagnostic tests. They perform electronic and clerical record keeping, and computerized archiving in an END laboratory. END technologists may hold management or supervisory positions, or serve as clinical site instructors or as faculty for college programs. Technologists may work as END equipment sales or marketing representatives, in research and design, or customer service support and training.