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Electromyography Lab Program

EMG Nerve Test Lab Program

Electromyography (EMG) testing is a diagnostic examination of the peripheral nervous system, which includes nerve and muscle functions. The EMG examination comprises a group of tests that are complimentary to each other and necessary to achieve a final neuromuscular diagnosis. The EMG test is composed of several components:

  • Nerve Conduction Studies (NCS) which are performed by placing electrodes on the skin, over certain nerves and muscles, and recording the responses when electrical impulses are applied to the nerve.
  • Needle EMG which involves direct recording of muscle activity at rest and during contraction by inserting a small needle electrode into various muscles.
  • Special studies to supplement NCS and needle EMG when specific neuromuscular disorders are suspected. The studies include:
    • F-Waves
    • H-Reflexes
    • Blink Reflexes
    • Repetitive nerve stimulations
    • Single Fiber EMG
    • Quantitative EMG analyses
    • Advancements in the EMG Lab

Advancements in the EMG Lab

The University Team Achievement Award was presented to the EMG Laboratory in recognition of their Operational Efficiency Project implementation in 2008.

The EMG Laboratory is currently pursuing Electrodiagnostic Laboratory Accreditation by the American Association of Neuromuscular & Electrodiagnostic Medicine (AANEM) and is currently developing an Advanced Nerve Conduction Study curriculum course in conjunction with the Cuyahoga Community College Electroneurodiagnostic Technology (END) Program.