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Working As A Neurodiagnostic Technologist

  • Assisting and Caring for Others
  • Getting Information
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge
  • Documenting/Recording Information
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Deal with People

  • Unpleasant/Angry People

  • Unpleasant/Hazardous Environment

  • Repetitive

  • $68,970

    Average Salary

What Does A Neurodiagnostic Technologist Do At Ascension Health

* Performs set up and preparation of equipment/supplies for ordered test.
* Reviews patient's history, obtains any necessary information or documentation and provides education to patient about procedures.
* Monitors and documents patient's condition at all times and reports any adverse reactions.
* Operates and maintains a variety of equipment to obtain diagnostic data, which may include EEG (Electroencephalography), EP (Evoked Potential), and PSG (Polysomnography) equipment.
* Recognizes and corrects for artifacts.
* Scores/graphs, documents and reports results of diagnostic procedures.
* Will be cross trained in all procedures (EEG, NCS, and EP) at or within 24 months of start date.
* The above is intended to describe the general content of and requirements for the performance of this job.
* It is not to be construed as an exhaustive statement of duties, responsibilities or requirements

What Does A Neurodiagnostic Technologist Do At Kaiser Permanente

* Upholds Kaiser Permanente's Policies and Procedures, Principles of Responsibilities and applicable state, federal and local laws.
* Performs all the duties of an EEG Technologist.
* Performs Nerve Conduction studies under the supervision of a Neurologist.
* Records and assists in the analysis of video, ambulatory, and telemetry EEG for neonates, children and adults.
* Records computer-averaged electrical responses to visual, auditory, somatosensory or other stimuli
* Determines during averaging that the recordings are of adequate technical quality
* Measures amplitude and latency of appropriate waveforms.
* May perform transcranial Doppler studies.
* Participates in technical meetings and other educational activities
* Serves as in-service training instructor for junior staff, students and other medical personnel.
* Responsible for the maintenance of digital EEG files on all computers in the Member Service Area
* Coordinates the transfer of EEG files between Member Service Areas and Medical Office Buildings.
* Performs troubleshooting on all digital EEG equipment when needed
* Assume other activities and responsibilities from time to time as directed.
* Pay Grade: 25

What Does A Neurodiagnostic Technologist Do At Catholic Health Initiatives

* 1. Perform accurate standard and complex EEG recordings at the bedside and in the laboratory on a routine, emergency and on-call basis to adolescent, adult and elderly patients.
* Attend all hospital required in-services, adhere to departmental and hospital policies and procedures and Participates in hospital and departmental goals and objectives.
* Display a positive attitude and appropriate behavior including being courteous, cooperative and respectful to physicians, supervisor, co-workers and patients and their families.
* Maintain and clean equipment and laboratory area on a daily basis.
* Assist with delivering reports and transporting patients to and from the laboratory, as needed as well as any other job related duties as assigned.
* Enhance professional growth and development through educational programs, current literature, Workshops and conferences

What Does A Neurodiagnostic Technologist Do At UNC Health Care

* Takes patient histories.
* Provides instruction to patients and families regarding test preparation, pre-test interviews, and follow-up appointments
* Performs diagnostic patient testing: electroencephalogram (EEG)
* Performs room and equipment set-up and placement in hospital rooms, operating rooms, or clinics.
* Calibrates and maintains equipment

What Does A Neurodiagnostic Technologist Do At UPMC

* Support the departmental goals of quality care, system improvement, and cost containment by contributing to the successful implementation of recommended changes, cost awareness and fiscal responsibility
* Attend annual Hospital and departmental fire/safety and infection control training and maintain current knowledge of safety procedures within the Hospital and department.
* Demonstrate positive interpersonal skills and the ability to perform testing on a wide variety and age range of patients.
* Improve and/or support others in improving the health and well-being of all patients through excellence in patient care, teaching and research.
* Learn about EEG procedures and how to explain the procedure to patient and caregiver in a clear, concise manner.
* Able to do so on an age/mental status appropriate level.
* Learn anatomy and physiology of the nervous system as it pertains to EEG testing.
* Learn medical terminology used in EEG/Neurology.
* Learn routine video EEG monitoring procedures, and procedures for surgical evaluation of patients with seizures.
* Learn to implement alternative montages and instrument settings in order to better define artifact, normal variants, and EEG abnormalities.
* Learn to maintain equipment cleanliness, bi-weekly preventive maintenance procedures, and proper reporting of hardware/software problem to senior staff.
* Learn to measure and apply EEG electrodes using the International 10
* System of Electrode Placement, in an accurate and efficient manner on patients of all ages and mental status, with varying degrees of co-operation.
* Learn to test the integrity of the applied electrodes via impedance testing.
* Learn to obtain an accurate and concise patient history.
* Note pertinent information such as seizure type, date of last seizure, other neurologic symptoms, and medications taken by patients.
* Learn to perform EEG's utilizing digital EEG equipment.
* Learn to calibrate, evaluate function, adjust instrument settings to proper technical standards, and troubleshoot EEG equipment.
* Learn to perform routine activation procedures such as hyperventilation and photic stimulation, and when these procedures are contraindicated.
* Learn to prepare a proper EEG Tech Worksheet, including a technical description of the EEG, with emphasis on clinical observation, in order to assist the Electroencephalographer with final interpretation. .
* Learn to properly assess clinical seizures, follow seizure testing methods, and implement protocols for seizure intervention and first aid.
* Learn to properly record EEG activity on standard montages.
* Document all pertinent instrument settings and clinical observations.
* Learn to recognize normal EEG patterns and variants, and abnormal patterns for all ages.
* Learn to recognize, monitor, and/or eliminate EEG artifact, such as high impedance leads, muscle artifact, eye movements, respiration artifact and EKG, in order to obtain an adequate EEG recording.
* Learn various medical and pharmacologic conditions which influence the EEG.
* Learn the clinical correlation of abnormal EEG patterns with various disease states.
* Learns to remove electrodes from patient's scalp paying attention to cleanliness and hygiene, and proper technique for cleaning, storage, and sterilization of EEG electrodes.
* Review all EEG's with senior technologists.
* Utilize feedback from procedures performed to improve the quality of future EEG's performed.
* Take and pass periodic written/oral exams administered by the EEG instructor

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How To Become A Neurodiagnostic Technologist

Diagnostic medical sonographers and cardiovascular technologists and technicians, including vascular technologists, need formal education, such as an associate’s degree or a postsecondary certificate. Many employers also require professional certification.

Education

Colleges and universities offer both associate’s and bachelor’s degree programs in sonography and in cardiovascular and vascular technology. One-year certificate programs also are available from colleges or hospitals.

Employers typically prefer graduates of programs accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP).

Sonography, cardiovascular, and vascular education programs usually include courses in anatomy, medical terminology, and applied sciences. Most sonography programs are divided into the specialized fields that correspond to the relevant certification exams, such as abdominal sonography or breast sonography. Cardiovascular and vascular programs include coursework in either invasive or noninvasive cardiovascular or vascular technology procedures. In addition to classroom study, most programs also include a clinical component in which students earn credit while working under a more experienced technologist in a hospital, physician’s office, or imaging laboratory.

High school students who are interested in diagnostic medical sonography, cardiovascular technology, or vascular technology should take courses in anatomy, physiology, physics, and math.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Most employers prefer to hire diagnostic imaging workers with professional certification. Many insurance providers and Medicare pay for procedures only if a certified sonographer, technologist, or technician performed the work. Certification is available from the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonographers and Cardiovascular Credentialing International.

Diagnostic imaging workers can earn certification by graduating from an accredited program and passing an exam. Most of the certifications are for specialties in diagnostic imaging; for example, a sonographer can earn a certification in abdominal sonography. Most diagnostic imaging workers have at least one certification, but many earn multiple certifications.

In addition, many employers prefer to hire candidates who have a Basic Life Support certification, which shows they are trained to provide CPR.

Few states require diagnostic medical sonographers to be licensed. Professional certification is typically required for licensure; other requirements vary by state. Contact state medical boards for more information.

Important Qualities

Detail oriented. Diagnostic imaging workers must follow precise instructions to obtain the images needed to diagnose and treat patients. They must also pay attention to the screen while scanning a patient’s body because the cues that contrast healthy areas with unhealthy ones may be subtle.

Hand-eye coordination. To get quality images, diagnostic imaging workers must be able to accurately move equipment on the patient’s body in response to what they see on the screen.

Interpersonal skills. Diagnostic imaging workers must work closely with patients. Sometimes patients are in extreme pain or mental stress, and they must get cooperation from the patient to create usable images.

Physical stamina. Diagnostic imaging workers are on their feet for long periods and must be able to lift and move patients who need assistance.

Technical skills. Diagnostic imaging workers must understand how to operate complex machinery and computerized instruments.

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Neurodiagnostic Technologist Demographics

Gender

  • Female

    67.3%
  • Male

    29.5%
  • Unknown

    3.2%

Ethnicity

  • White

    81.0%
  • Hispanic or Latino

    9.7%
  • Asian

    6.3%
  • Unknown

    2.3%
  • Black or African American

    0.7%
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

    75.0%
  • Italian

    10.0%
  • Braille

    5.0%
  • Polish

    5.0%
  • French

    5.0%
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Top Skills for A Neurodiagnostic Technologist

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Top Neurodiagnostic Technologist Skills

  1. Perform EEG
  2. Peripheral Nervous System
  3. EMG
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Perform EEG and NCV testing.
  • Assisted physicians with EMG/NCV studies.
  • Preformed extended EEG studies for epilepsy patients ranging from diagnostic, localization, and phase II testing.
  • Work hands on with several Neurology doctors to review studies and discuss improvements on services provided.
  • Performed EEG, NCV and BAEP exams for clinical and out patient populations.

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