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Are you interested in learning more about or getting more involved in the field of intraoperative neurophysiological monitoring? ASNM has what you need.
What is IONM?
Intraoperative neurophysiological monitoring has been utilized in attempts to minimize neurological morbidity from operative manipulations. The goal of such monitoring is to identify changes in brain, spinal cord, and peripheral nerve function prior to irreversible damage. Intraoperative monitoring also has been effective in localizing anatomical structures, including peripheral nerves and sensorimotor cortex, which helps guide the surgeon during dissection.
Intraoperative neurophysiologic monitoring (IONM) is a technique that is directly aimed at reducing the risk of neurological deficits after operations that involve the nervous system. IONM is a technique that has evolved during the last two decades; it makes use of recordings of electrical potentials from the nervous system during surgical operations.
The use of IONM offers a possibility to detect injuries before they become so severe they cause deficits after the operation. Introduction of IONM has reduced the risk of debilitating deficits such as muscle weakness, paralysis, hearing loss, and other loss of normal body functions. IONM is normally performed by technologists supervised by a physiologist, or a neurologist. Similar techniques as used in IONM are now used in a few kinds of operations for guiding the surgeon in an operation to help obtain the best results.
What training is required for IONM?
For certification programs for intraoperative neurophysiological monitoring or for information on how to maintain certifications, please click here.
ASNM is not affiliated with, nor does it endorse, any specific IONM program, but the following link to The Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs website may be helpful in your search for schools that offer IONM training and education. The programs are listed under Neurodiagnostic Technology.