32123 – Cardiology technologists and electrophysiological diagnostic technologists



32123 – Cardiology technologists and electrophysiological diagnostic technologists
Cardiology technologists operate electrocardiogram equipment and use medical imaging technologies to record cardiac activity of patients to aid in the diagnosis, monitoring and treatment of heart disease. Electrophysiological diagnostic technologists operate electroencephalographic, electromyographic and other electrophysiological diagnostic equipment to assist physicians in diagnosing diseases, injuries and abnormalities. Cardiology technologists and electrophysiological diagnostic technologists who are supervisors or instructors are included in this unit group. They are employed in clinics, hospitals and medical laboratories.


Index of titles
Assistant cardiology supervisor
Cardiac catheterization technician
Cardiac catheterization technologist
Cardiac stress technologist
Cardiac technician
Cardiology instructor
Cardiology supervisor
Cardiology technician
Cardiology technologist
Cardiovascular technician
Cardiovascular technologist
Charge technologist - electrocardiography
Chief electroencephalograph technologist
Echoencephalographic technologist
Echoencephalography technician
Electrocardiographic (ECG) technician
Electrocardiographic (ECG) technologist
Electrocardiography technician
Electrocardiography technologist
Electrocardiology technician
Electrocardiology technologist
Electroencephalograph (EEG) technician
Electroencephalograph (EEG) technologist
Electroencephalograph technologist
Electroencephalographic instructor
Electromyography (EMG) chief technologist
Electromyography (EMG) technician
Electromyography (EMG) technologist
Electroneurodiagnostic (END) technologist
Electroneurophysiology (ENP) technologist
Evoked potential (EP) technologist
Holter monitor technologist
Holter scanning technologist
Medical electrophysiology technologist
Neuroelectrophysiology technologist
Non-registered electrocardiography technician
Registered cardiology technologist
Registered electrocardiography technician
Student cardiology technologist
Vascular technologist


Main duties
This group performs some or all of the following duties:

Cardiology technologists
Operate electrocardiogram and other electronic equipment to record cardiac activity of patients
Perform non-invasive cardiovascular procedures and tests, such as electrocardiograms, exercise tolerance tests, ambulatory monitoring and scanning of tapes, holter arrhythmia scanning, pacemaker analysis and follow-up
Record and assess cardiac activity and provide preliminary reports of tests
Provide patients with care during procedures and tests
Prepare reports for interpretation by cardiologists
Reprogram pacemakers according to required standards
Check, calibrate and perform routine maintenance of cardiology equipment to ensure proper operation
May analyze tests and notify physician or other health care professionals of abnormalities
May administer certain drugs under direct supervision of physician
May document and record pacemaker implant threshold measurements under direct supervision of cardiac surgeon
May supervise and train students, other cardiology technologists and nurses.

Electrophysiological technologists
Review patient's case history and assess nature of problem to determine procedures and tests required
Attach diagnostic equipment to patients and ensure their comfort and safety
Operate diagnostic equipment such as electroencephalographic and evoked potential equipment to record the electrical activity of the brain and cranial and central nervous systems
Operate electromyographic equipment to conduct electrophysiological nerve conduction velocity tests and to assist physicians in conducting electrophysiological tests such as muscle strength and repetitive stimulation
Take notes on the recorded graph to identify interference such as poor electrode contact or patient movement
Prepare recordings and reports of findings for physicians to aid in the diagnosis of neurological disorders
Check, calibrate and perform routine maintenance of diagnostic equipment
Train and supervise students, technicians or other electroencephalograph technologists.


Employment requirements
Cardiology technologists require completion of a two-year college diploma program in cardiology technology and supervised practical training.
Cardiology technologists require registration with the Canadian Society of Cardiology Technologists in all provinces except Quebec.
Electroencephalograph and other diagnostic technologists require completion of a two-year college or hospital-based program in electrophysiology technology and supervised practical training.
Registration with the Canadian Board of Electroencephalograph Technologists is available for electroencephalograph technologists; it is required in Alberta and is usually required by employers in other provinces.
Registration with the Association of Electromyography Technologists of Canada is available for electromyography technologists and is usually required by employers.
Registration with l’Ordre des technologues en imagerie médicale, en radio-oncologie et en électrophysiologie médicale du Québec is required for cardiology technologists and electrophysiological technologists in Quebec.


Additional information
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