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What Is a Vascular Interventional Technologist and How to Become One

Vascular Interventional Technologist

What Does a Vascular Interventional Technologist Do?

A vascular interventional technologist uses specialized equipment to make images and assist in the performance of procedures on veins and arteries. You work with other members of the radiology team, including nurses and physicians. As a vascular interventional technologist, your duties focus on creating images using fluoroscopic equipment. Examples of diagnostic and treatment procedures on which you work include angioplasty, stenting, and thrombolysis. You can find employment in hospitals, specialized medical clinics, and outpatient clinics. In these positions, you have direct patient contact during imaging or the procedure.

How to Become a Vascular Interventional Technologist

The qualifications that you need to become a vascular interventional technologist include a degree and specialized training. You can start on this career path by earning a two-year associate’s degree in radiographic technology or a related subject. To become certified, you must then gain clinical experience and take the cardiovascular-interventional technology exam through the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT). Because your responsibilities involve working directly with a radiology patient as you create images of their veins or arteries, you need communication skills and the ability to make them feel comfortable during the procedure.