Canadian Association of Electroneurophysiology Technologists, Inc.

What We Do

What We Do

What We Do

Electroneurophysiology (ENP) technologists use sensitive electronic diagnostic equipment to record and evaluate the electrical activity of patients' central and peripheral nervous systems to assist physicians in diagnosing diseases, injuries and abnormalities.

 



Electroneurophysiology technologists use specialized diagnostic equipment to record and evaluate the electrical activity of the brain and nerves, and electrical activity resulting from stimulation of sensory and motor pathways.

Duties and responsibilities vary from one position to another but, in general, ENP technologists:

  • prepare patients for neurodiagnostic testing by explaining the procedure
  • obtain medical history information pertinent to the interpretation of test results
  • apply electrodes to predetermined, measured locations on the patient's head or other parts of the body
  • operate neurodiagnostic testing equipment
  • provide care and assistance to patients during procedures
  • prepare test results for interpretation by physicians
  • maintain equipment and troubleshoot technical problems
  • facilitate communication among health care professionals (for example, biomedical engineering staff, physicians, nurses and unit clerks).

Experienced technologists also may assist in training ENP students.



Electroneurophysiology technologists may work shifts or work standard weekday hours and be on call evenings and weekends. They spend much of their working time on their feet and may be required to do some bending and lifting to help very ill patients.

ENP technologists must follow standard security, electrical safety and infection control precautions. In some circumstances, they may be required to move equipment on portable carts to patients' bedsides in wards, intensive care units or operating rooms.



Electroneurophysiology technologists need the following characteristics:

  • maturity and emotional stability
  • the ability to communicate understanding and reassurance to patients who may be afraid
  • the ability to pay close attention to details
  • the ability to work with little direct supervision.

They should enjoy using computers and electronic equipment to perform tasks requiring precision, having clear guidelines for their work and dealing with people.



The British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) in Burnaby, British Columbia offers a two year electrophysiology diploma program that begins in September of every second year. The program combines classroom teaching with practicum experience. The entrance requirement is a high school diploma or equivalent with courses in algebra, physics and chemistry.


section revised AUGUST 2010

Under Alberta's Health Professions Act and Medical Diagnostic and Therapeutic Technologists Profession Regulation, registration with the Alberta College of Medical Diagnostic and Therapeutic Technologists is mandatory if you meet identified competency requirements and provide professional services directly to the public, teach the practice of the profession to members or students of the profession, or supervise registered members who provide services to the public. Registered members, who are authorized by the College, provide restricted activities specified in the Regulation. Only registered members may call themselves an Electroencephalograph Technologist or Electroneurophysiology Technologist.



Electroneurophysiology technologists are employed in:

  • acute care hospitals
  • private clinics
  • research labs
  • specialized facilities such as epilepsy and sleep centres.

Registered ENP technologists may specialize in work such as monitoring brain function or spinal cord integrity during surgery (intraoperative monitoring) or recording physiological data while the patient is asleep (polysomnography).