A registered vascular ultrasound technician works in a hospital or clinic to assist doctors by creating images of patients' circulatory system. They work alongside physicians and nurses to explain imaging procedures in a manner that helps put the patient at ease. The technologist then creates various scans with the ultrasound equipment of the areas on the patient as directed by the physician.
In addition to working with the patient, the registered vascular ultrasound technician’s job requires careful maintenance of all equipment related to the position. The technologist is expected to perform regular inspections to ensure that all ultrasound imaging gear is in proper working order. Legal and clinical regulations usually require documentation of these quality assessments be kept, for which the technologist is usually responsible. Ultrasound scans require a variety of supplies for each patient, and the technologist's job includes performing regular inventories and reordering supplies as needed. He or she follows standard procedures established by the hospital or clinical managers to ensure that proper levels of inventory are maintained at all times. The technician typically works in a hospital environment during regular business hours.
To work as a registered vascular ultrasound technician, an individual must get relevant training (usually from a technical school). Most hospitals also require persons seeking this employment to have multiple certifications - such as licensing/registration with the state and the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers - which must be renewed periodically.
Registered Vascular Ultrasound Technologist Tasks
- Process and code film, video and images from procedures and complete appropriate documentation.
- Create two-dimensional recordings of vascular system using Doppler, Ultrasound and related equipment.
- Operate ultrasound equipment to produce and record images according to physician's directive.
- Prepare and position patient for ultrasound exam and explain procedure, perform non-invasive vascular tests.