Electroencephalographic Technologist

Electroencephalographic (EEG) technologists measure the electrical activity created by brain waves and they also conduct evoked potential response tests using EEG instruments. Such tests are used as a tool by physicians who want to determine whether patients have brain or nervous system disorders or injuries. According to the website www.careerplanner.com the EEG technician first measures the patients head and marks where electrodes will be placed. Once the electrodes are put in the proper locations using a special type of glue the technician determines which views will be the most diagnostic. While operating the EEG instruments the technician records the information and also notes how the patient behaves during the test sometimes using video recordings. Technologists also record the latency of the patients responses to visual auditory and sensory information. When all tests are completed the EEG technician writes a report that summarizes the results. In some cases the EEG technician monitors a patients EEG or evoked potential responses during surgery. EEG technologists work in hospitals doctors offices and laboratories and those with experience may have supervisory responsibilities. The website www.ehow.com says that EEG technologists must have an associates degree or a certificate. Ideally they should be registered with the American Board of Registration of Electroencephalographic and Evoked Potential Technologists. The employment outlook for this career is positive. The American Society of Electroneurodiagnostic Technologists has reported that EEG technicians make an average annual salary of approximately $38000 and those who are registered earn more than those who are not.

Education Required: Associate's Degree
Avg Salary: $38000
High Salary: $48000
Low Salary: $28000
Tasks: Measures electrical activity in the brain.
Uses EEG instruments.
Writes technical reports.
Monitors patients during surgery.
Also Called: EEG Technician
EEG Technologist
Diagnostic Technician
Nervous System Technologist
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