Intraoperative neurophysiologic monitoring (IONM) has assisted surgeons and protected patients for over 30 years. IONM (also known as surgical neurophysiology or surgical neuromonitoring and abbreviated as IONM or IOM) is a part of the modern patient safety movement.
The goal of neurophysiological monitoring is to manage and reduce the risk of surgically related injury to the nervous system. It can also provide functional guidance to the surgical team in procedures where mapping of nervous system tissue is required before, during, and/or after surgical manipulation. IONM has been well documented as a practice that reduces patient morbidity and mitigates third-party costs.
Intraoperative neurophysiologic monitoring (IONM) has assisted surgeons and protected patients for over 30 years.
Our neuromonitoring teams are prepared to utilize one or a combination of the following modalities to optimize patient outcome during a procedure:
- SSEPs—Somatosensory Evoked Potentials: This test can be done on the upper and lower extremities (e.g. arms or legs). SSEPs provide information about the sensory (feeling) tracts of the spinal cord and information about the sensory cortex of the brain.
TcMEPs—Transcranial Motor Evoked Potentials: This test monitors the muscles to provide information about the motor (movement) tracts of the spinal cord. TcMEPs can also provide information about the location of the motor cortex of the brain.
BAEPs or ABRs—Brainstem Auditory Evoked Potentials: BAEPs/ABRs provide information about the brainstem integrity (extension of the spinal cord containing motor, sensory, blood pressure, and breathing information) as well as the function of the auditory (hearing) system.
Motor NCS or Sensory NCS—Nerve conduction studies: NCS studies measure and record information about the rate of transmission of a signal (motor or sensory) through nerves outside the spinal cord and brain. The conduction rates can alert us to problems in these areas.
EEG—Electroencephalogram: EEGs record brain activity.
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