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Client Spotlight: The American Society of Neurophysical Monitoring

Amy Thomasson
November 05, 2021

For several years, Affinity Strategies has provided support to the American Society of Neurophysical Monitoring (ASNM) as their association management company.

The American Society of Neurophysiological Monitoring was founded in 1990 to serve the emerging field of neurophysiologic monitoring. As defined by the Society, neurophysiologic monitoring includes any measure employed to assess the ongoing functional integrity of the central or peripheral nervous system in the operating theatre or other acute care setting.

What is Intraoperative neurophysiological monitoring (IONM)? Intraoperative neurophysiological monitoring has been utilized in attempts to minimize neurological morbidity from operative manipulations. The goal of such monitoring is to identify changes in brain, spinal cord, and peripheral nerve function prior to irreversible damage. Intraoperative monitoring also has been effective in localizing anatomical structures, including peripheral nerves and sensorimotor cortex, which helps guide the surgeon during dissection.

IONM is a technique that is directly aimed at reducing the risk of neurological deficits after operations that involve the nervous system. IONM is a technique that has evolved during the last two decades; it makes use of recordings of electrical potentials from the nervous system during surgical operations.

Founded in 1990 to promote the interests of the specialty of neurophysiological monitoring, ASNM continues to advance the industry by upholding their vision and mission through the board, committees, events, and valued members.

Quality neurophysiological monitoring benefits patient outcomes. The Society:

  • Fosters the growth and stature of neurophysiological monitoring as a profession.
  • Provides a forum for education and dissemination of knowledge in the field.
  • Develops quality standards for practice and training.
  • Builds partnerships and coalitions with allied professionals.

Interested in learning more about the American Society of Neurophysical Monitoring? We encourage you to visit