Echocardiography (ECHO; also called Noninvasive Cardiovascular Technology) is an allied health profession specifically concerning the diagnosis and treatment of
patients with cardiac and peripheral vascular disease. The technologist performs examinations at the request or direction of a physician. Through subjective sampling
and/or recording, the technologist proceeds with the examination to create an easily definable foundation of data from which a correct anatomic and physiologic
diagnosis may be established for each patient.
The ECHO program is combined with the invasive cardiovascular technology program for the first three quarters. Students completing this core program will have the basic
scientific, medical and technical skills necessary to enter the second portion of the program.
The second portion is an intensive study in ECHO with emphasis on the performance and evaluation of M-mode, two-dimensional and Doppler echocardiography. Upon
completion of didactic training, the student is assigned to a major medical center where she/he will complete one quarter of clinical internship as an Echocardiologist.
As clinical space is limited in Spokane, the student is encouraged to complete their internship in a major out-of-town medical center.
Echo/NCT Technologists must be able to:
- Lift more than 50 pounds routinely
- Push and pull routinely
- Bend and stoop routinely
- Have full use of both hands, wrists, and shoulders
- Distinguish audible sounds
- Adequately view sonograms, including color distinctions
- Work standing on their feet 80% of the time
- Interact compassionately and effectively with the sick or injured
- Assist patient on and off examining tables
- Communicate effectively with patients and other health care professionals
- Organize and accurately perform the individual steps in a sonographic procedure in the proper sequence
Reference: Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonography
The Cardiovascular Technology Programs (Invasive and ECHO) are accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
(www.caahep.org) upon the recommendation of the Joint Review Committee for Cardiovascular
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