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Electroencephalographic (EEG) Techs are also sometimes known as Electroneurodiagnostic (END) Techs.  By either name, this person is trained to use specialized equipment to local brain abnormalities, working under the supervision of physicians and neurologists.  The EEG Tech is trained to operate Electroencephalographs. These machines are used to measure and record the electrical activity of brain waves via electrodes secured to the patient’s scalp. The techs use these machines to perform testing called an Electroencephalogram (EEG). With this testing it is possible to detect brain disorders and/or damage. These tests can also be performed while the patient is sleeping.

The EEG Tech would also be responsible for performing pre-test consultations and recording the patient’s medical history. The tech should be able to communicate effectively with the patients and families to relieve their stress through education about the test procedure.

The primary duties of the EEG Tech are to perform EEG tests when requested by a physician. The EEG Tech will record the patient’s medical history, explain the testing procedures and prepare the patient for the procedure. While the test is being done the EEG Tech will monitor the status of the patient and note any changes or abnormalities. When the test is complete, the findings will be reported to the prescribing physician for further analysis. This work is often done in a hospital or other testing facility.

Most EEG Techs pursue further education although there is no formal training for this field. There are various accredited programs, including online programs. The American Board of Registration of Electroencephalographic and Evoked Potential Technologists, a non-profit credentialing board, does offer EEG Technician certification (www.abret.org). There is a predicted 27% growth in jobs in this field during the next decade as estimated by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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