An EEG technician is a skilled professional trained in the use of a medical diagnostic machine, the electroencephalograph. This facilitates healthcare professionals to note down and study the electrical activity of the brain and nervous system. This non-invasive gadget monitors the nervous system and also gauges the patient’s brain-wave activity. The machine is used by physicians to diagnose several nerve and brain related conditions, such as, stroke, Alzheimer’s disease, epilepsy, seizures, brain tumors, sleep disorders, and head injuries.
EEG technologists work with specially trained physicians who infer the information obtained and settle on an appropriate treatment plan, based on the data.
Data collected is also used for medical research, in addition to diagnosing nervous system related disorders.Create this Resume
EEG Technologist Skill/Duties
Prior to the testing, the EEG technologist is in charge of a pre-test discussion. During this session, he collects and notes down the patient’s medical history. Also, part of the EEG technologist’s duty is to calm the patients before the procedure, since, more often than not, they are frightened / stressed.
A series of 16 to 25 flat metal electrodes are attached to the patient’s scalp. Some facilities may have a cap that can be fixed, but frequently the technician has to attach the electrodes by hand, and fasten them with a glue-paste.
The EEG test takes around half an hour, during which, the technologist will use blinking lights to arouse brain activity in the patient. During this phase, the technician must ensure that the patient keeps his eyes close and maintains a regular breathing-pattern. The patient’s heart rate is also monitored.
An EEG technologist also orders supplies, maintains the EEG machine and schedules appointments for patients.
An EEG technician reports the findings to the doctors.
Importantly, an EEG technologist must be tolerant and relaxed, because the set-up and investigation procedure could take hours. He should also be dexterous, skillful and have excellent communication skills.
EEG Technologist Education and Training
• To pursue a career in EEG technology, high school students should take up biology, anatomy, mathematics, and English.
• Many colleges, hospitals, and vocational schools provide education and training in EEG technology. The program lasts for 2 years. Those interested should look for programs recognized by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs.
• The American Board of Registration of Electroencephalographic and Evoked Potential Technologists also grant the certificate Registered EEG Technologist and Registered Evoked Response Technologist to competent applicants (after about 3 years of experience in the field).
EEG Technologist Job Outlook
The positions for diagnostic technicians are projected to increase by 18 % between 2008 and 2018, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Thus, the job outlook for EEG technologists too looks good.
EEG Technologist Salary
The salary of an EEG technician depends on the geographic location, experience and training. The mean annual salary of an EEG technician is about $41,267.