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EMG Technician



Prepare patients for nerve exams.

What does an EMG Technician do?

As any couch potato can attest, moving muscles takes a lot of effort. The brain sends a signal, which runs through a series of tiny nerves, which in turn stimulate the muscle to seize up or relax. This elaborate system can sometimes go haywire, allowing the brain to send signals that the muscles never receive. An EMG Technician performs, or helps an Electromyographer perform, a complicated test to find those lost signals.

When you’re an EMG Technician, your primary role is to help comfort the patient and prepare him or her for the test. The person’s Doctor may explain the test, but you explain it again and answer any questions. In addition, you measure the person’s height, weight, blood pressure, and temperature for your records.

EMG Technicians are qualified to perform one sort of nerve test. Here, you apply a series of electrodes to the person’s skin, and you measure the response of the muscles when they’re prompted by a tiny flick of electricity. At the end of this test, you help the patient clean up.

In some cases, testing with needles is more preferable, and an Electromyographer performs this test with your help. Here, you mark the spots that should be tested with a pen, and you sit with the patient and record results as the needles go in and a muscle response is elicited.

In most cases, you don’t provide the patient with the results of the test. A Doctor, Electromyographer, or Neurologist does this sort of diagnosis. Your responsibility is to perform the most accurate test you possibly can so these professionals can do their jobs with accuracy.

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