A Hidden Challenge
By Dr. John Robinton
Electromyography (EMG) and nerve conduction studies (NCS), known as electrodiagnostic tests, are valuable tools used for locating and evaluating the type and severity of muscle and/or nerve damage in injured workers. The hidden challenge with these studies is the inconsistency with which non-prequalified physicians and non-physicians perform the tests and interpret the results. One study, presented at an annual conference of the American Association of Neuromuscular and Electrodiagnostic Medicine (AANEM), confirms this notion. Of the 140 EMG and NCS reports reviewed, 68 percent were not medically useful due to lack of adherence to AANEM guidelines, incomplete examination information and data inconsistency and unreliability.
Today, entry into the field of electrodiagnostic medicine remains barrier-free, and the quality of EMG and NCS providers continues to vary. To combat this challenge, it is crucial to employ guidelines and solutions to ensure the medical usefulness, quality and accuracy of EMG and NCS tests.
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