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The Importance of Training and Education for Registered Vascular Technologists

Expertise in vascular technology, or vascular sonography, can be developed by first getting licensed as a Registered Vascular Technologist (RVT) and then receiving continuing education credits to stay abreast of new developments in the field. This article will discuss what it takes to become an RVT and how ongoing educational requirements help these professionals stay on top of their game. Reading on can help you gain a deeper understanding of the significance of training and education.

The Importance of Training and Education for Registered Vascular Technologists

Registered Vascular Technologist (RVT)

Registered vascular technologists (RVTs) are essential to the medical team. They provide diagnostic and therapeutic services to patients with vascular diseases. RVTs use a variety of techniques to image the vasculature and evaluate blood flow. They also work closely with physicians to provide treatment options for patients. 

Vascular technologists are medical professionals who specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of vascular diseases. They use a variety of imaging modalities to evaluate blood flow in the arteries and veins. Certification requires that vascular technologists pass a written exam administered by the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers (ARDMS). The ARDMS also offers a certification exam for registered vascular technologists who have completed an accredited vascular technology program. 


Hospital privileges:  To be able to work in a hospital, you must first have completed an accredited training program and achieved certification from the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT). To maintain your certification, you must complete continuing education credits (CECs) every two years. 

Specialized knowledge: You should also know how diagnostic testing works, what type of patients are likely to come through your lab, what conditions may affect those patients, and how a vascular diagnosis is made. 

Patient care: It’s also essential that you understand the different stages of treatment and can offer quality patient care before their appointment or procedure begins. 

Continuing education: RVT’s are required to complete continuing education (CE) credits to maintain their registration. Keeping certifications current.  To maintain certification, CME courses and credits are required. RDMS certified sonographers, for example, must complete 30 CME credits accepted by the ARDMS within three years. To ensure compliance, a random selection of sonographers is audited each year.  Free CME trackers should be available on the website of any sonography organization, whether it’s the ARDMS, the SDMS, or another organization. RVT’s can also find online CE courses offered by other organizations, such as the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT). These sites allow you to study at your own pace, which is perfect for busy schedules. Additionally, it is recommended that you read industry journals to keep up with new developments in the field.

Keep up with the latest technology

As technology advances, so does the medical field. Vascular technologists must keep up with the latest technology to provide the best care for their patients. The ever-changing landscape of medical technology can be difficult to keep up with. Still, it is important to be knowledgeable about the latest advancements to provide the best possible care. In order to stay ahead of the curve, registered vascular technologists should consider taking continuing education courses and attending conferences on a regular basis.