Electrodiagnostic Technologist

Electrodiagnostic technologists perform a variety of invasive and non-invasive diagnostic tests and specialized procedures. They work in the fields of cardiology, urology, and gastroenterology.

An electrodiagnostic technologist’s main duties can include:

  • explaining routine and specialized procedures to prepare patients for tests
  • answering test related questions
  • preparing, performing, recording, and editing data for interpretation of a variety of invasive and non-invasive procedures. These can include: Pressure Flow Cystometry, Voiding Flow, Esophageal Motility Tests, and 24-hour Ph/Impedance studies.
  • performing non-invasive cardiology testing. This might involve: resting electrocardiograms (ECGs), pacemaker ECGs with and without magnets in accordance with doctor’s orders, treadmill stress tests including nitro protocol as required, 24-hour blood pressure monitor hook-ups, and 24-hour holter monitor hook-ups.
  • performing ECGs by attaching electrodes to the patient and operating cardiac equipment. Documenting data such as position of patient, physical symptoms, and changes in lead positions as required
  • performing modified and special lead procedures following established policies and procedures
  • performing Tilt Table Testing, MIBI treadmills, and the exercise tolerance testing portion of Stress Echocardiograms. This involves recording ECGs, blood pressure, and time and dosage of administered drugs as well as identifying and printing abnormalities according to established procedures.
  • performing routine calibration and maintenance of equipment. This can include cleaning, inspecting, calibrating, and replacing parts such as batteries, leads and paper. Reporting any malfunction to the appropriate authority. Maintaining an adequate stock of necessary supplies in accordance with established procedures.
  • utilizing computerized systems to maintain patient and hospital records. This includes obtaining and entering patient demographics, histories, and charts as required.
  • completing documentation and preparing recordings for interpretation by designated medical staff and performing database functions. These might include: identification, verification, editing, updating, and retrieval of test and procedure records.
  • performing related clerical duties. These might include: filing, photocopying, recording retention, checking patients in, completing procedures, and answering the telephone.
  • participating in Continuous Quality Improvement. This involves conducting audits, completing reports, monitoring clinical indicators and satisfaction surveys, providing feedback, following up on risk factors, and making recommendations for improvements.
  • assisting doctors with research and the development of new diagnostic procedures
  • assisting in clinical research projects
  • acting as a resource person by collegially sharing, demonstrating, and providing guidance regarding electrodiagnostic technologist procedures to other staff, students and other members of the multidisciplinary health care team.

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