IV Access & Contrast Injection Certification

The Intravenous Contrast Injection Certification Course for Radiologic and Ultrasound Technologists is a one day, two-part course which combines didactic and practical components. At the end of the course you will have the opportunity to demonstrate your practical skills in the presence of a board certified physician who will validate your state contrast injection application (if applicable). 

The Intravenous Contrast Injection course summarizes the key concepts around the chemical and physical properties of commonly used intravenous contrast media and injectable suspensions within imaging, including those used in conjunction with Radiography, Computed Tomography, Magnetic Resonance Imaging, Interventional Radiology, Ultrasound and Echocardiographic testing. Venous identification and catheter /butterfly insertion techniques are a vital part of the practical component of the course. Proper aseptic techniques and complications of insertions are discussed, as well as the equipment required and procedure to follow for proper insertion of both angiocatheter and butterfly syringe. We will practice drawing up intravenous solutions, monitoring the administration of IV solutions, and injecting into pre-existing lines. Safety aspects relating to needle stick injury to the practitioner is also included. This course has been approved by the ASRT for 4 category "A" continuing education credits.

Topics to be covered but not limited to are:

  • Venipuncture of a person’s upper extremity in a safe and effective manner
  • Anatomy and Physiology of venipuncture sites
  • Venipuncture instruments and related equipment
  • Techniques of intravenous line establishment
  • Hazards and complications of venipuncture
  • Post puncture care
  • Actions and reactions of contrast media
  • Emergency measures and medications required to deal with adverse reactions

The Technologist or other approved Allied Health Professional Must:

  • Request an intravenous contrast injection application from your state agency (if applicable).
  • Application must be present the day of class (NYS Radiologic Technologists Only). NYS Registered Radiologic Technologists MUST contact the NYS DOH at 518-402-7580 prior to the training and request an official NYS issued Contrast Injection application.
  • Complete and successfully pass both didactic and clinical components of the Intravenous Contrast Injection course with a score of 75%