EMGs and E-Technology In Medicine

It’s understandable if the thought of an electrical current running through your body is a bit unsettling. However, “electro-technology” is increasingly popular. Why? Versatility. It’s powerful enough to be used in the medical realm but is also safe enough to be implemented into tech innovations for the average Joe.


Electro-technology is most commonly known for its application in electromyography. Commonly referred to as an EMG, this test is used to help detect neuromuscular abnormalities and patterns of electrical activity that suggest nerve or muscular diseases like carpal tunnel or Guillain-Barré syndrome. The test is typically done in conjunction with a nerve conduction study (nerve testing), to see how well and how fast nerves can send electrical signals. The results of the exams help physicians make an accurate diagnosis and treatment plan to fit their patients’ needs.

During and EMG, small pins attached to wires transmitting signals to a machine, are placed into the muscles being tested. To complete the nerve testing, small electrodes are taped to the skin on the patient’s hands or feet. While neither test hurts, the patient experiences a mild, brief tingling sensation, similar to a static electricity shock from a metal doorknob. This shock sensation can be a bit uncomfortable, but there are no associated risks with either procedure.


Taking inspiration from medical applications, innovative minds have been brewing up ways to implement the powerful technology into everyday consumer products – and some of them are really neat! Here are a few favorites:

These are only a few of the latest innovations, but the possibilities seem endless. It’s pretty amazing to see what these brilliant minds are able to conjure up.

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