Electrodiagnostic Testing

Electrodiagnostic Testing

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At Utah Valley Pain Management, we utilize electrodiagnostic testing to assist in the diagnosis and treatment of some patients. Utah Valley Pain Management’s electrodiagnostic laboratory is accredited by the American Association of Neuromuscular & Electrodiagnostic Medicine (AANEM) and has been awarded “Exemplary Status”.

Electrodiagnostic testing is used to record the electrical activity of nerves and muscles and evaluate how these nerves and muscles are functioning. This testing can be used to detect abnormal nerve or muscle electrical activity that can occur in many diseases and conditions including muscular dystrophy, inflammation of muscles, pinched nerves, peripheral nerve damage (damage to nerves in the arms and legs), amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS; also known as Lou Gehrig disease), as well as many other conditions.

Electrodiagnostic testing is most often performed when patients have unexplained muscle weakness, numbness, or pain. The testing helps to distinguish between various nerve or muscle disorders that may be present.

Frequently Asked Questions about Electrodiagnostic Testing

Click on the link below to watch an electrodiagnostic test being performed.

http://www.aanem.org/Education/Patient-Resources/View-an-EMG.aspx

 

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The AANEM established laboratory accreditation criteria for electrodiagnostic (EDX) laboratories to ensure patients receive quality medical care in a safe environment.  Laboratory accreditation provides patients, referral sources, and payers with a credible measure to differentiate the laboratory’s quality of care. The accreditation standards evaluate the diagnostic services and clinical operations essential to providing quality patient care, which include:

  • Clinical staff qualifications and continuing education
  • Physical facilities
  • EDX equipment
  • Protocols for performing EDX studies
  • Patient reports
  • Policies for ensuring the health and safety of every patient

Exemplary Status is the highest level of accreditation an EDX laboratory can achieve under the AANEM Accreditation Program. To be awarded Accreditation with Exemplary Status, physicians performing studies in the laboratory must:

  • Have completed a neurology or physical medicine and rehabilitation residency program; and
  • Have completed a minimum of three months of training in EDX medicine as part of a residency or fellowship program; and
  • Be certified by the American Board of Electrodiagnostic Medicine (ABEM), or by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (ABPN) in clinical neurophysiology, or by the ABPN/American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation in neuromuscular disease.

AANEM is a nonprofit membership association dedicated to the advancement of neuromuscular, musculoskeletal, and electrodiagnostic medicine. For more information about AANEM, or to learn more about laboratory accreditation, visit www.aanem.org.