Echocardiography technician is a specialized concentration within the field of diagnostic medical ultrasound. The Echo Technologist learns to become adept at obtaining and interpreting diagnostic quality images of the heart and surrounding structures, evaluating heart anatomy, chamber size, overall heart function. The program coordinates academic study with clinical laboratory experience at a hospital or clinic.
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What Does an Echo Technician Do? Echo techs are sometimes referred to as echocardiographers or cardiac sonographers. Your primary responsibility as an echo tech is to gather data that can be used by a physician to diagnose heart disease. Read on to learn more about the job responsibilities of an echo tech and the training you need to become one. An echo tech is a cardiovascular technologist who specializes in using non-invasive imaging technology to analyze a patient’s heart, specifically the function of its veins, arteries, chambers, and valves. As an echo tech, your main responsibility would be to calibrate and use medical diagnostic imaging machines to take images of a patient’s heart. You may need to position a patient for imaging while they are lying down or monitor their heart as they are walking on a treadmill. Because you work with many different kinds of patients, you need to have excellent communication skills. Other job duties you may need to perform include speaking to patients about the procedure, taking several images of the hearts, and administering medications to patients in order to study their heart’s reaction to pharmacological stress. Positions available to graduates of this program include intermediate level invasive cardiology technician, echocardiographer, vascular sonographer, and/or intermediate level assistant to ultrasound/sonograph laboratory technician.