A vascular technologist takes images of the vascular system through ultrasound and x-ray equipment. These technologies utilize sound waves of high frequency in order to gather images of the patient without having to perform surgery. Some areas of focus are carotid, venous, and arterial imaging.
The technologist is required to have gone through relevant schooling in order to differentiate the various body parts with the imaging machines and to be able to aid doctors with diagnosis. The job is carried out in a hospital, clinic, or private practice. It is important to be familiar with the machinery to detect when it is not operating correctly. Regular maintenance and troubleshooting may have to be carried out by the technologist. Some positions require the technologist to have flexible scheduling and to be oncall whenever needed. Good customer service skills are needed in order to be able to calm patients and adequately explain the procedures.
The technologist should be a registered vascular technologist with the American Heart Association and have certification in basic life support. It is important to keep up to date with laws, company policy, and new developments in the imaging technology field. This job can be stressful, as it is often carried out in a busy hospital environment. It also may sometimes be physically strenuous, as the technologist will have to stand for long periods of time and sometimes have to lift objects. Strong oral and written skills, along with report making and computer skills, are important in order to be able to communicate well with doctors and other medical personnel.
Vascular 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.