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Electroneurodiagnostic (END) technologists use specialized equipment to monitor how well a patient’s nervous system is functioning, so doctors can identify and treat neurological problems.
END technologists receive extensive training in neurophysiology, so they can identify normal and abnormal electrical activity in the central, nervous, autonomic and peripheral nervous systems. By recording electrical patterns throughout these systems, END technologists provide valuable data that a physician will use to diagnose and treat conditions such as headaches, dizziness, seizure disorders, strokes and degenerative brain disease.
The tests performed by END technologists can also help doctors uncover hidden causes of mental disorders and determine whether a patient is “brain dead.”
END technologists perform a number of procedures, including:
The EEG is the most common test performed by END technologists. Technologists also are responsible for ensuring the safety of patients and staff and maintaining and calibrating equipment.
Neurologists depend on END technologists to provide accurate data and analysis. The END technologist must, therefore, have the knowledge, judgment and critical thinking skills to ensure that the results reported are accurate and complete.
Electroneurodiagnostic technologists work with patients of all ages. They work in hospitals, clinics, physician’s offices, epilepsy monitoring units, sleep disorder centers and research institutions. Most of their procedures are performed in labs stocked with the equipment required to conduct neurodiagnostic studies.
END monitoring procedures can last from an hour or two to prolonged continuous monitoring. During that time, the END technologist will ensure that the patient is comfortable, answer questions about the procedure and help to relieve any anxiety, while constantly observing the data being recorded by the END equipment.
Patients undergoing certain surgical procedures require intraoperative neuromonitoring. In this case, the END technologist will monitor the patient’s EEG or evoked potentials throughout the procedure, providing the surgeon with ongoing information about the patient’s nerve function and/or brain activity.
The career potential for END technologists is excellent. The median starting salary is $38,000, with senior technologists earning $47,000 or more.
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END technologists need a high school diploma and, preferably, a two-year degree with coursework in the physical or biological sciences.
Training programs in END technology typically require one to two years of study, including clinical work with patients. Search for schools that provide training for this career.
In order to take the EEG and evoked potential exams, technologists much meet one of the following eligibility requirements:
The registry exam consists of a written section and an oral exam. Once the written exam is passed, the technologist may take the oral exam.
END technologists also must be currently certified in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR).
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After high school:
Some states are considering licensure requirements for END technologists, particularly those who perform polysomnographs.
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Last updated: December 4, 2013
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