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Special Procedures Technologists

History

Advances in medical technology have resulted in more sophisticated patient testing using more complex equipment. As this technology has become more complex, the need for trained personnel to assist physicians and specially trained technologists to operate this equipment became apparent. In addition, trained personnel became essential to perform and document the testing procedures, as well as to assist with the patients. The career of special procedures technologist evolved from this need. Technologists are trained to understand the operation of some of the testing equipment and to assist medical personnel as they perform these tests. They are also taught how to position patients during the testing and how to deal with any fears and anxieties patients might have during the procedures.

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