Welcome back to the last post in the series of 3 regarding the areas of specialization in ultrasound.
We first looked at General Ultrasound; then, Echocardiography (Echo). Now, we will discuss Vascular ultrasound.
Vascular technology, according to John Hopkins Hospital, is used to diagnose and examine disorders affecting the circulation of blood flow in the arteries and veins of the human body. Some of these conditions are: venous thrombosis, renal artery disease, aneurysms and peripheral arterial disease. Non-invasive procedures use ultrasound technology, as in transcranial Doppler or duplex ultrasonography scans in order to look inside the body.
A vascular technologist assesses blood flow and irregularities or abnormalities by carefully listening to the sound of pulses and overall vascular flow. This is done by performing tests that measure blood flow, blood pressure, oxygen saturation, cerebral circulation, peripheral circulation, and abdominal circulation. It is, also, the technologist’s responsibility to prepare patients for testing, complete general technical work, and conduct stress tests, usually, in a cardiovascular environment. Although the vascular technician has numerous duties, the primary one is to operate the machines for scans as described above. These sonographic studies rely heavily on the technician’s skills and diagnostic capabilities to capture proper images needed to examine possible disorders or other diseases. This information is passed on to the physician who will ultimately determine diagnosis based on the results of the scan.
The types of working environments for the vascular technician include hospitals, clinicas, and private practices. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of these technicians is expected to increase over 26% from now through 2016. This is mainly due to the increase in public awareness of cardiovascular disease and the continued progress in medical technology. As a result, non-invasive procedures becoming more popular.
CCI offers: RVS (Registered Vascular Specialist
ARDMS offers: RVT (Registered Vascular Technologist
(Please view our previous posts such as “The Truth: Accredited v. Non-accredited” )