A Guide to Neurodiagnostic Testing
Neurodiagnostic technologists prepare patients for procedures, obtain medical histories, record electrical potentials, calculate results, maintain equipment, and may work with specific treatments. They develop rapport with patients and comfort them during the recording procedure, which can last from 20 minutes [for a single nerve conduction study] to 8 hours for a sleep study, to multiple days admission for long term monitoring. Neurodiagnostic technologists understand neurophysiology and recognize normal and abnormal electrical activity. They act as eyes and ears for specially trained doctors who later review and interpret the data. Considerable individual initiative, reasoning skill, and sound judgment are all expected of the electroneurodiagnostic professional.