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What is Neurodiagnostics?
Neurodiagnostics is a field dedicated to the recording and evaluation of electrical activity from the nervous system. Neurodiagnostic professionals perform various tests of the nervous system to aid in the diagnosis and treatment of disorders of the nervous system such as epilepsy, seizures, syncope, sleep disturbances, and injury to the spine and brain. Electrical data obtained from the patient’s nervous system can be used for later diagnosis and treatment or in real-time in the operating room for surgical decision making.
Neurodiagnostic professionals can be trained on-the-job or through an educational program. Following training, technologists are encouraged to obtain certification from testing organizations such as ABRET. Some of the tests that neurodiagnostic professionals perform include:
- Electroencephalography (EEG)
- Evoked Potentials (SSEP, TcMEP, ABR, VEP)
- Intraoperative Neurophysiological Monitoring
- Long Term Monitoring in Epilepsy
- Critical Care EEG Monitoring
- Autonomic Nervous System Testing
- Polysomnography (Sleep Studies)
- Nerve Conduction Studies (NCV)
- Magnetoencephalography (MEG)