|Career data updated last on 10/15/2014|
Electroneurodiagnostic (END) Technologists are trained professionals that specialize in studying and recording the electrical activity of the brain and nervous system. They use electroencephalograph (EEG) machines, evoked potential (EP), polysomnography (PSG), and other high-tech equipment to record these measurements taken from the central nervous system. END technologists often work in collaboration with other health professionals, such as the electroencephalographer. They perform tasks such as obtaining and reviewing medical histories, attaching electrodes to a patient’s scalp and body, observing and documenting a patient’s clinical condition, and communicating with friends, family, and other health care personnel. They may also be called upon to assist the neurologists by producing graphs that can help in detecting and diagnosing diseases such as epilepsy and Alzheimer’s disease.
END technologists must also be prepared to manage any emergency situation that may arise in the laboratory. Another important function of these technologists is to prepare detailed written reports for the electroencephalographer or acting physician. Some electroneurodiagnostic technologists may act as managers and supervisors. Anyone interested in electroneurodiagnostic technology should work well with others, enjoy working with computers and other high-tech equipment, and be able to understand and analyze complicated visual material.
|Salary||$20.51/hr - $42,660 annually|
|Work Environment||The majority of END technologists work in neurology departments in hospitals. Other places of employment include private neurologist’s offices, neurology laboratories, colleges and universities, large medical centers, psychiatric facilities, and other mental health care facilities|
|High School Prep||Students interested in electroneurodiagnostic technology should take high school courses in algebra, chemistry, physics, biology, computer science, English, health occupations/medical professions education, statistics, geometry, and computer skills.|
|Academic Requirements||Students entering an END technology program should have a high school diploma or the equivalent. Some facilities provide on-the-job training, but the majority of employers prefer applicants with an associate’s degree from an accredited program. These programs are typically taught at community colleges and last between one and two years. The American Board of Registration of Electroencephalographic and Evoked Potential Technologists (ABRET) awards the credentials of Registered EEG Technologist and Registered Evoked Potential Technologist.|
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