Electroneurodiagnostic Technologist  What They Do

Just the Facts

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dotElectroneurodiagnostic (END) techs prep patients for numerous procedures, record results, get medical histories and maintain complex equipment.

These technologists conduct many tests, including the electroencephalogram (EEG), which is the most common; the evoked potential (EP); the polysomnogram (PSG); the electronystagmogram (ENG); and nerve conduction studies (NCS).

Competent END technologists know the nervous system and know how to operate sophisticated instruments. They're employed in hospitals, clinics, physicians' offices, university medical centers and research centers.

dotThis profession didn't exist a few decades ago, says Margaret Walcoff. She is president of the American Society of Electroneurodiagnostic Technologists. "It really is an outgrowth of EEG testing and the growth and expansion of sleep testing and sleep labs from the late 1970s. A need started for testing beyond the EEG so this career blossomed. This goes way beyond doing EEGs."

At a Glance

Record and study brain activity

  • Technology advancements mean upgrading frequently
  • You could work in hospitals, clinics or research centers
  • Some post-secondary education and on-the-job training are required