EKG technicians also called diagnostic medical sonographers or cardiovascular technologists and technicians, including vascular technologists, operate special imaging equipment to create images or conduct tests. The images and test results help physicians assess and diagnose medical conditions. Some technologists assist physicians and surgeons during surgical procedures. Duties include:
Prepare patients for procedures by taking a patient’s history and answering any questions about the procedure
Prepare and maintain diagnostic imaging equipment
Operate equipment to obtain diagnostic images or conduct tests
Analyze the images or test results to check for quality and adequate coverage of the areas needed for diagnoses
Recognize the difference between normal and abnormal images and other diagnostic information
Analyze diagnostic information to provide a summary of findings for physicians
Record findings and keep track of patients’ records
* Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that EKG technician jobs and cardiovascular technologist jobs are expected to increase by 39% through 2022, adding 42,700 jobs to the market.
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