What does a Cardiovascular Technologist do?
A cardiovascular technologist (also known as a cardiovascular technician or vascular technologist) is a health professional who diagnoses cardiovascular problems. Using medical imaging methods, such as ultrasound among others, a cardiovascular technologist diagnoses heart conditions, vascular problems, or any ailment that involves the heart, arteries, valves, and peripheral blood vessels.
How to become a Cardiovascular Technologist
A cardiovascular technologist requires a bachelor's degree or diploma in cardiovascular technology and training in an accredited program that would enable them to get certified as a cardiovascular technologist. After completing a program, a cardiovascular technologist must pass the Registered Cardiovascular Invasive Specialist (RCIS) test in order to attain their certification.
Job Description of a Cardiovascular Technologist
Typically, a cardiovascular technologist would prepare patients to be diagnosed, position patients in accordance with the diagnosing device for the procedure, set the device and connect patients to diagnosing and monitoring equipment, start the diagnosing systems and scan the images or record the graphs, carry out any nonmedical procedure that may be necessary for the diagnosis, and eventually complete the diagnosis by generating the reports.
A cardiovascular technologist may also interpret the reports for the patient, assist the cardiovascular surgeon or doctor but wouldn't prescribe any medication. A cardiovascular technologist only plays a diagnostic role and doesn't intervene medically.
A cardiovascular technologist would typically use ultrasound imaging devices such as EKG, C-arm, and inteleflator - among others. One should also be trained to assist in implanting cardioverter defibrillator's (ICDs) and pacemakers.