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Intraoperative Neuromonitoring
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Intraoperative Neuromonitoring Program

As a neuromonitorist, you will monitor electrical potentials from a patient's nervous system during surgery while the patient is under anesthesia.

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Working as a neuromonitorist

While a patient is under anesthesia and a surgeon is operating, the intraoperative neuromonitorist is monitoring the patient to ensure their safety. Through electrical potentials emitted from the patient’s nervous system, the neuromonitorist can determine if the patient is losing oxygen to the brain, or about to have a stroke, and immediately alert the surgeon. In a situation where every second counts, the presence of a neuromonitorist during surgery has become invaluable and is increasing the demand for certified IONM professionals in the operating room.

As a neuromonitorist, you'll learn to perform a variety of specialized recordings, including electroencephalograms (EEG), evoked potentials (SSEP, BAEP, MEP), electromyography (EMG), cranial nerve (CN live and triggered, SEMG/TEMG) and peripheral nerve (PN) monitoring techniques.

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Even guardian angels need practice

A respected member of the operating team, the neuromonitorist is a patient’s guardian angel in the operating room. Before you get to the OR, though, you'll have lots of practice starting with mannequins and your classmates at boot camp. 

To learn more about the history of IONM and what a day in the life of a neuromonitorist looks like, read our article Angels in the OR.

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Jake Uminski '17


Jake graduated from BU with a degree in neuroscience, but didn't know how to use his degree to get a job so he looked for programs in IONM. A month into his program at Labouré, he already had a job lined up.

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