Radiology is the branch of medicine that uses various forms of radiation—such as x-rays—to provide information for preventing, diagnosing, and treating disease. Radiologic technologists aid physicians by performing radiologic exams necessary to diagnose conditions and treat patients.
Invasive Cardiovascular Technology
Invasive cardiovascular technology is an ever-changing and evolving profession within radiology. Cardiovascular technologists measure, analyze, and image the heart and circulatory system at the request or direction of a physician. In the cardiovascular laboratory, professionals in the field are directly involved in various assignments during all diagnostic and interventional cardiovascular procedures.
The procedures include:
- coronary angiography.
- bilateral heart catheterization.
- stent implantation.
- intravascular ultrasound.
- diagnostic electrophysiology testing.
- permanent pacemaker implantation.
- cardiac defibrillator implantation.
The Bachelor's of Science in Invasive Cardiovascular Technology Program prepares students to advance their careers as radiology professionals. Students are surrounded by experienced staff in a mentoring environment designed for the scholarly pursuit of diagnostic and interventional cardiovascular knowledge.
The curriculum develops psychomotor skills and cognitive thought and emphasizes ethical conduct while maintaining a realistic view of the current practices widely recognized by the cardiology and radiology communities.
Upon graduation with completed documentation, students may file to sit for the American Registry of Radiologic Technology post-primary certification for cardiac interventional radiography or the Cardiovascular Credentialing International Cardiovascular Examination.
Cardiovascular technologists work directly with physicians in hospitals, medical centers, clinics, physician offices, mobile diagnostic units, sales, training, and education. Employment of invasive cardiovascular technologists is expected to grow through the year 2014. This growth is expected as the population ages, because heart conditions tend to develop in the older population.
Visit the Drexel Steinbright Career Development Center page for more detailed information on post-graduate opportunities.