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NIOM

Neurophysiologic Intraoperative Monitoring (NIOM)

St. Mary Medical Center uses world-class technology to promote healthier outcomes. We are one of eleven centers nationwide and the only facility in Pennsylvania to receive national accreditation for our Neurophysiology Intraoperative Monitoring Laboratory.

St. Mary’s Neurophysiology Intraoperative Monitoring Laboratory provides real-time monitoring of a patient’s neurological status during the most complex surgical procedures involving the brain, spine, and nerves. NIOM is performed by a trained and certified technologist who uses high-tech equipment specifically designed for the task. Small, noninvasive electrodes connected to the NIOM computerized system are placed over nerve or muscle areas of the patient’s body. The computer gently stimulates the nerves in one area and records the signals that are generated in another area. This process continuously informs the neurophysiologist during the surgery how fast the patient’s nerves are carrying signals and how strong those signals are. Real-time monitoring of the integrity of the brain and spinal cord greatly enhances patient safety by protecting the central nervous system.