Noninvasive Echocardiography is an allied health profession specifically concerned with the diagnosis and treatment of patients with cardiac disease using imaging technologies. 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.
Noninvasive students concentrate on the technical and clinical duties related to Non-Invasive Echocardiography. Upon completion of the didactic classroom training of specific non-invasive cardiac theory, the student rotates through clinical sites for hands-on experience. Students may take nationally recognized board exams in Noninvasive Echocardiography administered by CCI or ARDMS upon completion of the program.