The VIR course has been designed as a review of the topics included on the certification examination conducted by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists, satisfies the new ARRT 16 hour didactic requirement for post primary eligibility and has been approved by the ASRT for 40 category “A” continuing education credits. All of the major topics and outlined areas listed in the exam specifications will be covered making this program a very good preparation for this examination. This 10 week review will be scheduled 1 day a week, 4 hours per day, making this an effective way to review and prepare for the examination without an overload of information to absorb.
About the Modality
Interventional radiology (abbreviated IR or sometimes VIR) is a field of medicine in which minimally invasive procedures are performed using image guidance (e.g., CT, fluoroscopy, ultrasound). Some of these procedures are done to diagnose illness while others are done for treatment purposes. Different imaging modalities available to interventional radiologists enable them to manipulate and guide tiny instruments throughout the body, which in many instances avoids more invasive open surgery. Vascular and Interventional Radiology is one of the most rapidly expanding areas in medicine and has led the current movement toward minimally invasive therapy.
About the Profession
As a vascular interventional radiographer, you’ll assist physicians with minimally invasive, image-guided vascular procedures, including angioplasty, stenting, thrombolysis, and more. Using sophisticated fluoroscopic equipment, you’ll be responsible for capturing images of the blood vessels. Working in a hospital, clinic, lab, or outpatient center, you’ll have a rewarding job and be an important part of a medical team caring for patients.
Upon successful completion of the program, students will have an understanding of:
Introduction to Vascular Imaging and Patient Communication
Asepsis and Sterile Technique
Patient Assessment & Monitoring
Equipment & Radiation Safety
Dialysis Management Procedures
Automatic Pressure Injectors
Venous Access Procedures
GU and GI, non-vascular