Conducts 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.
This career is part of the Health Science cluster Diagnostic Services pathway.
A person in this career:
- Conducts electrocardiogram (EKG), phonocardiogram, echocardiogram, stress testing, or other cardiovascular tests to record patients' cardiac activity, using specialized electronic test equipment, recording devices, or laboratory instruments.
- Explains testing procedures to patients to obtain cooperation and reduce anxiety.
- Monitors patients' blood pressure and heart rate using electrocardiogram (EKG) equipment during diagnostic or therapeutic procedures to notify the physician if something appears wrong.
- Obtains and records patient identification, medical history, or test results.
- Monitors patients' comfort and safety during tests, alerting physicians to abnormalities or changes in patient responses.
- Prepares and positions patients for testing.
- Attaches electrodes to the patients' chests, arms, and legs, connects electrodes to leads from the electrocardiogram (EKG) machine, and operates the EKG machine to obtain a reading.
- Adjusts equipment and controls according to physicians' orders or established protocol.
- Checks, tests, and maintains cardiology equipment, making minor repairs when necessary, to ensure proper operation.
- Supervises or trains other cardiology technologists or students.
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