Have you noticed how many medical test acronyms start with E and end with G? I can never keep them straight, so I thought some of you might also have trouble knowing which middle letter goes with which test. These definitions are taken from the Internet, so if anyone sees a change that should be made, please let us all know!
“Electromyography (EMG) is a diagnostic procedure to assess the health of muscles and the nerve cells that control them (motor neurons). EMG results can reveal nerve dysfunction, muscle dysfunction or problems with nerve-to-muscle signal transmission.” [Now I know to associate “M” with muscles.]
“An electroencephalogram (EEG) is a test used to evaluate the electrical activity in the brain. Brain cells communicate with each other through electrical impulses. An EEG can be used to help detect potential problems associated with this activity.” [Two “E”s for extra brain power? Maybe one of you can give me a better memory association idea for this one.]
“An electrocardiogram (ECG or EKG) records the electrical signal from your heart to check for different heart conditions. Electrodes are placed on your chest to record your heart’s electrical signals, which cause your heart to beat. The signals are shown as waves on an attached computer monitor or printer.” [I was going to associate “C” or “K” with electricity, but both EKG and EEG tests measure electrical signals, so I’ll have to think of some way to remember that ECG or EKG has to do with the heart. Any ideas???]
Acronyms make communication easier and harder!
Next month – More Acronyms!