Basic Job Description:
Conduct tests on pulmonary or cardiovascular systems of patients for diagnostic purposes. May conduct or assist in electrocardiograms, cardiac catheterizations, pulmonary-functions, lung capacity, and similar tests.
1) Monitor patients' blood pressure and heart rate using electrocardiogram (EKG) equipment during diagnostic and therapeutic procedures in order to notify the physician if something appears wrong.
2) Monitor patients' comfort and safety during tests, alerting physicians to abnormalities or changes in patient responses.
3) Explain testing procedures to patient to obtain cooperation and reduce anxiety.
4) Prepare reports of diagnostic procedures for interpretation by physician.
5) Observe gauges, recorder, and video screens of data analysis system during imaging of cardiovascular system.
6) Conduct electrocardiogram, phonocardiogram, echocardiogram, stress testing, and other cardiovascular tests to record patients' cardiac activity, using specialized electronic test equipment, recording devices, and laboratory instruments.
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7) Prepare and position patients for testing.
8) Obtain and record patient identification, medical history and test results.
9) Attach electrodes to the patients' chests, arms, and legs, connect electrodes to leads from the electrocardiogram (EKG) machine, and operate the EKG machine to obtain a reading.
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10) Adjust equipment and controls according to physicians' orders or established protocol.
11) Check, test, and maintain cardiology equipment, making minor repairs when necessary, to ensure proper operation.
12) Supervise and train other cardiology technologists and students.
13) Assist physicians in diagnosis and treatment of cardiac and peripheral vascular treatments, for example, assisting with balloon angioplasties to treat blood vessel blockages.
14) Operate diagnostic imaging equipment to produce contrast enhanced radiographs of heart and cardiovascular system.
15) Inject contrast medium into patients' blood vessels.
16) Observe ultrasound display screen and listen to signals to record vascular information such as blood pressure, limb volume changes, oxygen saturation and cerebral circulation.
17) Assess cardiac physiology and calculate valve areas from blood flow velocity measurements.
18) Compare measurements of heart wall thickness and chamber sizes to standard norms to identify abnormalities.
19) Activate fluoroscope and camera to produce images used to guide catheter through cardiovascular system.
20) Enter factors such as amount and quality of radiation beam, and filming sequence, into computer.
21) Conduct tests of pulmonary system, using spirometer and other respiratory testing equipment.
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Holland / RIASEC Career Code: I-R-S SOC: 29-2031.00