Vascular science

Vascular science relates to how blood flows in the body.

If you work in vascular science, you’ll use ultrasound and other non-invasive techniques to image and assess the blood flow of patients with diseases of the arteries and veins.

Working life

Ultrasound and other non-invasive techniques are often the only investigation carried out before a surgical intervention, making this a role with much responsibility.

It's likely that you’ll be based in a hospital or clinic, although some preventative work and screening takes place in GP surgeries. Investigations are usually carried out in dedicated departments but also on wards, in theatre and intensive care.

You’ll work with both in-patients and outpatients, particularly the elderly, and those with disabilities and serious illnesses.

You’ll investigate patients to assist in the diagnosis of disorders, including:

Most vascular investigations are carried out using ultrasound machines. These transmit high-frequency sounds waves into a patient's body for interpretation.

In addition, you will use other equipment to measure circulation in the brain, limbs and vital organs.

You’ll also need to:

Who will I work with?

You’ll be part of a team which includes, specialist nurses, radiologists, medical consultants and vascular surgeons.

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