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Vascular Sonography Technologist

What does a Vascular Sonography Technologist do?

Vascular Sonography Technologists are important members of the vascular team. They work closely with radiologists, cardiologists, and surgeons. Vascular technologists assist physicians in the diagnosis and treatment of a wide variety of disorders affecting the vascular system. Vascular technologists perform non-invasive vascular exams in order to assess for vascular disease or disorders.

They are unique in the medical imaging profession because they work with a high level of independence. One of the biggest responsibilities of a vascular technologist is to compile information that is gathered on an exam to give a preliminary impression. To do this, the vascular technologist must have adequate training in vascular scanning techniques as well as have knowledge about vascular disease. A thorough patient history must be taken to correlate the findings of the exam. Once the exam is finished, they will report directly to a physician with the results.

The vascular sonography technologist is also responsible for providing patient care and safety throughout the exam. They should know how to respond appropriately in emergency situations.

Types of Work Environments

  • Hospitals

Education and Training Requirements

There are programs that give students an opportunity to learn many different fields of ultrasound and then pick a specialty. These programs often provide students with an associate's degree upon completion. The American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers (ARDMS) also offers different pathways for individuals who hold a bachelor's degree, medical degree, or are already registered in general sonography. In pursuing this career, the goal is to earn credentials as a Registered Vascular Technologist (RVT) through the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography and/or a Registered Vascular Sonographer through the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists.

Salary

The Bureau of Labor and Statistics includes vascular sonography technologists under the bracket of vascular technologists. According to the BLS website, the median salary for a vascular sonography technologist is approximately $49,410 per year.

Professional Organization

Meet a Professional Vascular Sonography Technologist: Sandra