About Neurodiagnostic Technology

Neurodiagnostic Technology (NDT)

Is a scientific field focused on recording/studying electrical activity of brain/nervous system, where Neurodiagnostic Technologists operate electroencephalograph (EEG) machines to record electrical impulses transmitted by brain/nervous system to perform tests assisting in diagnosis of neurological disorders.

Common NDT Responsibilities

  • To take medical histories, prepare patients for testing, and apply electrodes
  • Identify interferences
  • Prepare written reports of tracings for neurologist
  • Monitor patients during procedures, and respond to medical emergencies
  • Maintain and calibrate diagnostic equipment to ensure accurate testing and diagnosis
  • Operate digital computerized EEG instrumentation
  • Care for patient’s basic needs, such as cleaning patient after procedure

Areas of Specialization Taught by Program

  • EEG – Electroencephalogram
    Tests that measure and records the electrical activity of the brain. Diagnosis: Epilepsy, Dementia, Seizures
  • PSG – Polysomnogram
    Sleep Study
  • NCV – Nerve Conduction Studies
    Measures the electrical activity of nerves at rest and during contraction. Identifying how well and fast the nerves can send electrical signals.
  • EP – Evoked Potential
    Specific tests used to diagnosis disease of the nervous system such as Multiple Sclerosis
  • LTM – Long-Term Monitoring
    Diagnostic technique used in certain patients with epilepsy or seizures
  • IOM (CNIM) – Inter-Operative Monitoring
    Monitoring during surgical procedures on central nervous system and spinal cord.

Physical Demands of the NDT Program

  • Walk and stand for long periods of time
  • Above-average manual dexterity and hand/eye coordination
  • Good vision and hearing (or correctable to good)
  • Ability to lift 50 pounds
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Lifting and moving of ill or injured patients
  • Able to work under stress
  • Students must maintain a ‘C’ or higher in all courses to remain in the NDT program at Bellevue College.

The Process of Becoming Nationally Registered

Consider making it a goal!  Credentialing makes you more marketable and relevant in neurodiagnostics.

Benefits of credentialing….

  • Promotes confidence
  • Reinforces knowledge
  • Establishes minimum competency
  • Enhances awareness
  • Fosters professionalism
  • Increases marketability

Visit the ABRET website for more information and EEG Exam Eligibility Requirements.

Job Locations of Neurodiagnostic Technologists

  • Hospitals
  • Clinics
  •  Physician offices
  •  Epilepsy monitoring units
  •  Sleep disorder centers
  • Research institutes

You can find current job listings at Glassdoor.com or Indeed.com

Last Updated April 29, 2022