• Shutting it Down

    The time has come for me to discontinue writing for the NeurologicLabs website and work toward shutting it down. So, this will be my final blog post. The reason why I have to stop writing is actually good news. I’m going to start writing for the ASNM’s new blog. In ...

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  • Is Neuromonitoring Really Questionable?

    Two papers recently published in SPINE argue that neuromonitoring is questionable in ACDF¹ and lumbar fusion² surgery. The papers are written by a group out of UCLA, and these authors have previously published at least one other paper³ questioning the utility of neuromonitoring. Clearly, these spine surgeons don’t like neuromonitoring. There ...

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  • The Dark Side of Neuromonitoring

    In the Star Wars movie franchise, the force is an energy field created by all living things that binds the universe together. There are two sides to the force, the light side and the dark side, respectively representing good and evil. The light side of the force is used by individuals who draw ...

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  • 2017 Atlantic Health IONM and EEG Conference

    Overlook Medical Center and Atlantic Neuroscience Institute Presents: Comprehensive Intraoperative Neuromonitoring and Continuous Bedside EEG & Epilepsy Concurrent Courses April 22-23, 2017 Overlook Medical Center Atlantic Neuroscience Institute Auditorium –Fifth Floor Lobby Level 99 Beauvoir Avenue Summit, NJ SAVE $$$: The Early Bird Discount has been extended to March 22nd. Click here to see ...

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  • A New Blog from Veridical RCM

    I want to let you know about a fantastic new blog that just launched and everyone in IONM should check it out. The writer is Melissa Hanley from Veridical RCM (Revenue Cycle Management). Melissa is their CEO, and one of the most authoritative people I’ve ever met on the business of ...

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  • The Utility of Crossover Motor Evoked Potentials

    Unilateral motor cortex stimulation produces motor-evoked potentials (MEPs) on the opposite side of the body (contralateral) relative to the stimulated cerebral hemisphere. When MEPs are also recorded from the same side of the body (ipsilateral), we sometimes refer to them as “crossover” MEPs. Many people record from both sides of the ...

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  • Transitioning from Chiropractic to Neuromonitoring

    In this fourth post from the series Transitioning to a Career in Neuromonitoring, Dr. Adam Doan tells his personal story about leaving the world of chiropractic care and navigating a new career in IONM. Previous posts in this series include Navigating the IONM Job Search, Transitioning from Benchtop Electrophysiology to IONM and Transitioning from Academic ...

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  • Neurodiagnostic Licensure, If Not Now, When?

    The American Society of Electroneurodiagnostic Technologists (ASET) is working with chapters, regional and state societies to introduce and pass state licensure legislation. Legislation is necessary to protect neurodiagnostic technologist’s scope of practice and protect the patients you serve. ASET has been collecting stories to demonstrate that properly educated and trained neurodiagnostic technologist ...

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  • A Question About ‘Quality’ Neuromonitoring

    As 2014 comes to a close, I’m starting to look ahead to 2015 and plan topics that I’d like to cover on this blog. One such topic, which I think will cause quite a stir, has to do with quality. In my opinion, the field of neuromonitoring has been watered-down, pulverized to the ...

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  • Look No Further: Worst Neuromonitoring Paper Ever

    Have you ever wondered what’s the worst academic paper ever published on the subject of neuromonitoring? I ponder this question sometimes as I review the literature because I read so many awful papers. I can’t help but wonder how some of these papers ever get published, and especially in high-profile ...

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  • Transitioning from Academia to a Career in Neuromonitoring

    In this third post from the series Transitioning to a Career in Neuromonitoring, I tell my personal story about leaving the elite world of academic neuroscience and navigating a new career in IONM. Along the way, I’ll tell you about the skills that helped me to succeed, the challenges that I faced, the ...

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  • Navigating the Neuromonitoring Job Search

    This will be the first in a series of posts dedicated to the topic of Transitioning to a Career in Intraoperative Neurophysiology (aka neuromonitoring, IONM, IOM, etc.). I decided to compose this series of posts because I remember looking at the field of IONM for the first time, as an ...

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  • DABNM Orals – The Unpassable Test?

    My experience taking the DABNM oral exam, and tips that will help you pass! When I first started working in the field of intraoperative neuromonitoring (IONM), many of my mentors were Diplomates of the American Board of Neurophysiologic Monitoring. As someone new to the field, learning the ropes and taking ...

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  • 14 Ways to Reduce Needle Sticks in the OR

    Despite the many benefits of neuromonitoring, it is a fact that surgery gets more complicated whenever we are involved in the case. Patient prep time increases, anesthetic requirements change, there’s more people and equipment in the room, the risks are altered and additional consents are required. The risks associated with ...

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  • Neuro-what…?

    Avoidance… I love what I do for a living, but I can’t stand talking about it in mixed company. Neuromonitoring is a profession that very few people have ever heard of. It isn’t like other professions, the names of which spark an immediate understanding of responsibility and purpose. People just get ...

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