Noninvasive cardiology is an allied health profession specifically concerned with the diagnosis and treatment of patients with cardiac and peripheral vascular disease. The noninvasive cardiovascular technologist works with physicians in the hospital, office, clinic or mobile outreach laboratory to evaluate and diagnose heart patients.
Noninvasive cardiology is one of the techniques of cardiovascular diagnosis requiring the greatest skill and expertise to gain information with the use of high-energy sound waves. The technologist makes adjustments in the imaging equipment to bring out the structures of the heart. Two-dimensional real-time imaging may be performed so that a cross-section of the heart may be viewed for evaluation. Even more information may be obtained by the use of Doppler color flow imaging to visualize actual blood flow through the chambers of the heart. Knowledge of cardiac structures, physiology and pathophysiology is important if useful information is to be collected for diagnosis and treatment of patients with cardiovascular disease.
The first year of the cardiovascular program teaches basic sciences and cardiology. In the second year, noninvasive students concentrate on the technical and clinical duties.
Upon completion of the didactive training, the student rotates through local medical centers participating in the program to complete the final quarters of clinical internship. Students take the CCI national registry exam upon graduation.