Neurodiagnostic Technologist

Job Description


The job of a neurodiagnostic technologist is to use specialized equipment to assess and monitor how well a patient’s nervous system is functioning. This helps doctors identify and treat various neurological problems.

A neurodiagnostic technologist receives extensive training in neurophysiology. This enables them to identify normal and abnormal electrical activity produces in the central nervous system, including autonomic and peripheral nervous systems.




The neurodiagnostic technologist records electoral patterns throughout these systems to obtain valuable data that the patient’s physician can use to identify and treat conditions such as dizziness, headaches, strokes, seizure disorders and degenerative brain disease.

Neurodiagnostic technologists can perform tests that help doctors to uncover elusive causes of mental disorders and help doctors make a determination as to whether a patient is “brain-dead.”

Procedures that a neurodiagnostic technologist may perform include:

  • Electroencephalograms (EEGs), which are used to assess the presence of brain activity

  • Tracking brain and nerve function with intraoperative neuromonitoring during surgery 

  • Diagnosis of seizures and other disorders through long-term monitoring

  • Polysomnograms, which are used to diagnosis sleep disorders

  • Measuring neurological responses to external stimuli in order to trace electrical pathways

  • Measure the time it takes to send an electrical signal along a specific nerve to a particular muscle using nerve conduction studies

The most common test performed by neurodiagnostic technologists is the EEG. The technologist is also responsible for the safety of patients and staff, and for maintaining and calibrating the equipment.

The accuracy of the data and analysis supplied by the neurodiagnostic technologist is paramount to the neurologist.

This requires the neurodiagnostic technologist to possess the knowledge, judgment and critical thinking skills necessary to ensure that the reported results are complete and accurate.





You will be monitoring/assessing performance of yourself, and patients to make improvements or take corrective action. Sometimes you must monitor patients to see if they are alive or if they are brain dead. Monitoring is one of the most important skills.

Critical Thinking

Must use logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

Attention to Detail

Must be careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks. You will have to monitor patients who have neuro-disorders which are complex and need tons of attention.


Must be reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfill all your obligations. 

Concern for Others

Must be sensitive to others' needs and feelings and be understanding and helpful on the job. You will work with patients and families who are vulnerable and at rough times in their lives.

Analytical Thinking

Must be able to analyze information and use logic to address work-related issues and problems.

Computers & Electronics

Must have Knowledge of electronic equipment, and computers because you will be using specialty equipment to monitor and track patients.


Working Conditions


As a neurodiagnostic technologist, you will work with patients of all ages. Most procedures performed by neurodiagnostic technologists are done in labs outfitted with the required equipment needed to conduct neurodiagnostic studies.

Potentially, a neurodiagnostic technologist may find employment opportunities in the following locales:

  • Hospitals

  • Physician’s offices

  • Clinics

  • Epilepsy monitoring units

  • Sleep disorder clinics

  • Research institutions

The diagnostic monitoring procedures can last anywhere from an hour or two to prolonged continuous monitoring.

While conducting the procedure, the neurodiagnostic technologist is responsible for ensuring an acceptable level of comfort for the patient, answering questions the patient may have about the procedure and help relieve any anxiety that patient may have.

The neurodiagnostic technologist is also charged with constantly observing the data being recorded by the specialized neurodiagnostic equipment.

Intraoperative neuromonitoring may be necessary for some patients undergoing certain surgical procedures.

In this instance, the neurodiagnostic technologist will be required to monitor the patient’s EEG as the surgical procedure progresses. This provides the surgeon with ongoing real-time information about the patient’s brain activity and/or nerve function.




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