NDT 351 Nerve Conduction Studies • 5 Cr.
This course covers the use of nerve conduction studies to assess peripheral nervous system damage. After covering electrical safety standards and application of electrodes, students will learn to perform several different nerve conduction studies; to correlate patient histories with current symptoms to determine the appropriate study, and to differentiate between normal and abnormal waveforms. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.
After completing this class, students should be able to:
- independently set up and execute a variety of advanced nerve conduction studies on a range of patients
- calculate and accurately document conduction velocities, latencies and amplitudes
- calibrate electromyography (EMG)/NCS equipment as recommended by the facility’s protocol or equipment manufacturer guidelines
- provide clarification of disease process and/or clinical correlation to aid physician in determining diagnoses
- differentiate between artifact and abnormal waveform
- demonstrate relevance of abnormalities associated with clinical symptoms
- assess electrical safety