VASCULAR TECHNOLOGY

Vascular Technology

Certificate Program 1200 Hours

The CURE Vascular Technology program prepares graduates for entry-level employment as an ultrasonographer with specialization in vascular ultrasound.  This course will introduce the principles of Doppler physics, Doppler imaging, vascular anatomy, vascular pathology, hemodynamics, and common duplex examinations and alternative vascular testing.  Instruction is given on how to compare clinical presentation to exam results and write a concise impression.

The core curriculum includes a lecture and an imaging laboratory component.  The lab will consist of learning all protocols for a logical and thorough survey of the vascular testing.  Provide accurate and technical impressions to the interpreting physician, training in the use of diagnostic ultrasound equipment and scanning techniques, patient assessment, patient history, and technical impression.

Each student is rotated into a clinically advanced preparatory program and placed at Cure Diagnostics outpatient ultrasound testing center upon completion of their didactic training.  The final clinical rotation portion of the curriculum is structured to include supervised experiences in the clinical environment that require competencies, logs, and evaluations completed by the student. Graduates will be qualified to work in hospitals, imaging centers, physicians’ offices, or clinics.

Students enrolled in the Vascular Technology program will be trained in the following areas:

Ultrasound & Vascular Physics, Instrumentation, and Knobology

Arterial Duplex Imaging & Non-Imaging Peripheral Arterial Testing

Venous Duplex Imaging

Extracranial & Intracranial Cerebrovascular

Abdominal Vascular Imaging Including Renal, Hepatic and Mesenteric

1. PHYSICS AND INSTRUMENTATION

This unit explains how diagnostic ultrasound physics work.  Students will learn instrument performance techniques, measurement safety, risk factors, and the theory of diagnostic ultrasound physics. Emphasis will be placed on information and techniques necessary for the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS) examination and the Cardiovascular Credentialing International (RVS) Exam.

2. ARTERIAL DUPLEX ULTRASOUND

This unit will cover scanning techniques on arterial duplex imaging of the upper and lower extremities.  The student will learn to perform Doppler ultrasound, including color flow imaging, analysis, and evaluation of arterial waveforms.  Plethysmography, lower extremity pulses, continuous wave examinations and segmental blood pressures will also be covered.

3. VENOUS DUPLEX ULTRASOUND

This unit will cover scanning techniques on venous duplex imaging of the upper and lower extremities.  The student will also learn to perform Doppler ultrasound, including color flow imaging, analysis, and evaluation of venous waveforms.

4. EXTRACRANIAL DUPLEX ULTRASOUND

This unit will cover scanning techniques on carotid duplex imaging.  The student will learn to perform Doppler ultrasound, including color flow imaging, analysis, and evaluation of waveforms.

5. ABDOMINAL VASCULAR ULTRASOUND

This unit will cover scanning techniques on abdominal vascular imaging.  The student will learn to perform Doppler ultrasound, including color flow imaging, analysis, and evaluation of waveforms for the renal, hepatic and mesenteric arteries and veins.