Vascular Technologist

Operate machines that detect blood vessel disorders.

What does a Vascular Technologist do?

Being able to “see” inside the human body without using a scalpel allows Doctors to have a much better understanding of what’s going on. Ultrasounds and other sonic machines gather information that helps in the diagnostic process. Vascular Technologists are the experts who run noninvasive tests to diagnose circulatory problems, neurology disorders, or diseases.

As a Vascular Technologist, you’re part Nurse and part Investigator. Your first job is to care for the patient. You may start by scheduling appointments, and when the patient arrives, you greet him or her, explain what procedures you’ll be doing, and answer any questions he or she may have.

Of course, you’ve already scoured the patient’s chart, so you know the symptoms and understand what you’re looking for. That helps you decide which machines you’ll use that day. Speaking of machines, you know how to use a variety of them, each providing you with different data. For example, you might be looking for an artery blockage, evaluating the damage caused by diabetes, or testing how the neurological components are functioning.

Because a Vascular Technologist job has you working with a variety of medical conditions, you can also choose where you want to work. You might assist Surgeons during an operation, work in a health care center, set up shop in a clinic, or work in a neurology office. You might even maintain the equipment in a van and deliver your services to the patient.