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Travel Vascular Tech FAQs
How much do travel Travel Vascular Tech jobs pay?
For jobs available on Vivian as of Friday, September 30th 2022, the average weekly salary for a Travel Registered Vascular Technologist is $2,262, but can pay up to $3,500 per week.
- min - $635
- avg - $2,262
- max - $3,500
What are the best agencies for Travel Vascular Tech jobs?
The agencies on Vivian that currently have the most Travel Vascular Tech jobs are TotalMed Allied (38), OneStaff Medical (31), and Anders Group (13).
What is a Vascular Tech?
Vascular technologists are allied health professionals who specialize in using ultrasound equipment to perform non-invasive vascular exams that capture images of blood vessels to help doctors diagnose diseases or disorders related to patients’ blood flow. Known also as vascular sonographers or vascular sonography technologists, vascular techs provide an alternative to imaging techniques that involve radiation. Vascular sonography is a challenging yet rewarding career path. Vascular techs are an important part of the medical team and are projected to enjoy an employment growth of 5% from 2019 to 2029.
What does a vascular tech do?
Vascular techs use specialized ultrasound machines to create images of patients’ veins and arteries, which physicians use to diagnose and treat various conditions, such as blocked arteries, deep vein conditions, vascular disease, blood clots, and heart disease, among others. A vascular tech’s daily duties hinge on where they work, but there are numerous core tasks, including:
Working closely with radiologists, cardiologists, and surgeons
Instructing and preparing patients for exams
Collecting detailed and specific patient histories
Explaining procedures to patients and answering their questions
Transporting patients to and from appropriate testing rooms
Transferring patients to ultrasound table and positioning them correctly
Scrubbing patients’ skin and applying a special gel to conduct testing
Operating complex equipment to acquire diagnostic images or conduct tests
Applying non-invasive techniques to diagnose blood vein, artery, or vessel diseases/disorders
Recording images of the motion, shape, and composition of target areas
Adjusting equipment to produce high-quality ultrasound images for doctors to interpret
Reviewing test images to ensure quality and sufficient coverage
Comparing patients’ recent scans to previous results
Providing a summary of findings for physicians and other healthcare professionals
Documenting processes and maintaining patient records
Where do vascular techs work?
Vascular techs typically work in hospitals, usually in the radiology department or vascular laboratory. However, vascular ultrasound units are portable, so techs may perform vascular sonography right at patients’ bedside, in the emergency room, or anywhere else within the hospital. Vascular techs can also find employment opportunities in outpatient centers, physicians’ offices, and specialized heart hospitals and cardiovascular care centers.
What skills make a good vascular tech?
Good vascular techs have advanced knowledge of ultrasound equipment, techniques, and procedures. Their stellar technical skills and attention to detail allow them to operate complex equipment and acquire precise diagnostic images. Successful vascular techs also have good assessment and analytical skills that help them spot abnormalities that could be a sign of unhealthy blood flow in a patient. They have strong communication and interpersonal skills that help them interact with patients of all ages with various conditions and with other members of the healthcare team. Good vascular techs also have excellent organizational skills, which physicians depend on for precise, accurate records.
How to become a Travel Vascular Tech
Employers look for vascular techs with an associate degree in sonography or radiology or who have completed a one-year training program in ultrasound diagnostics accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP). Prospective job candidates must also be actively registered, which requires specific prerequisites and passing a standard exam.
Vascular techs can earn credentials as a Registered Vascular Technologist through the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS), Registered Vascular Sonographer through the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT), and/or a Registered Cardiac Sonographer through Cardiovascular Credentialing International (CCI).
Many staff and travel positions require vascular techs to be certified in Basic Life Support. Travel job posters usually require 18 months to two-plus years of experience as a vascular tech, but some positions will consider new graduates from an accredited vascular ultrasound program, or Registry eligible applicants.