Electrodiagnostic Medicine

The information provided by electrodiagnosis is functional and not static, telling the practitioner how the nerve and muscle are functioning.

Electrodiagnostic Medicine

Understanding and performing electrodiagnostic tests is a requirement in the specialty training of physical medicine and rehabilitation (physiatry).

What is Electrodiagnostic Medicine Consultation?

The Electrodiagnostic Medical Consultation provides electrodiagnostic testing for patients with known or suspected neuromuscular disorders.

The electrodiagnostic testing is tailored to answer questions posed by the referring physician. 

The electrodiagnostic medicine consultation must begin with obtaining a pertinent history and performing a physical examination.

The history and physical examination to guide the sequence and choice of specific electrodiagnostic tests, electromyography (EMG) and nerve conduction studies (NCSs).

Information needed to answer any questions regarding nerve injury, muscle injury, muscle disease, localization and prognosis can be obtained through electrodiagnostic testing.

The American Academy of Neuromuscular and Electrodiagnostic Medicine (AANEM) position that the physician performing an electrodiagnostic study have "special training in the diagnosis and treatment of neurological and neuromuscular diseases and in the application of particular neurophysiologic techniques to study these disorders".