IR Technologist

Currently taking applications for 2020-21 cohort! 
Apply Here: UofU IR Application

The University of Utah Health Care Department of Radiology, offers a 9 month certificate program in Vascular Intervention (VI) for certified Radiologic Technologists RT (R).  Students will learn all aspects of interventional radiology including: supplies and their applications, assisting the physicians in scrubbing procedures, post processing of images and patient care as it relates to the IR procedures.  Students will also receive experience in interventional body and neuro procedures. The program is now offered once per year, each July.

Certified radiographers are eligible to take the advanced certification exam in VI provided by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT). The program will provide the didactic knowledge the student needs to perform VI and the opportunity to complete the clinical competency requirements established by the ARRT.

University Health Care has seven angiography suites and is a trauma 1 tertiary care center that is also a certified primary stroke center.  Students will receive experience on Siemens bi-plane and the latest single-plane equipment.  Students will also receive education and training in ultrasound and CT techniques.  A combination of superior radiologists, experienced IR technologists and the latest equipment will provide the student with an environment where current imaging and post-processing techniques are routinely performed.  The program offers a combination of clinical and didactic  education that will provide the student with the necessary knowledge and skills to become an entry-level IR technologist.  Students will learn how to effectively image trauma patients, screen patients, answer difficult radiation protection questions, post process 3D images, assist in biopsies and complete routine exams.

What is Interventional Radiology?

Interventional radiology (IR) is a medical sub-specialty of radiology utilizing minimally-invasive image-guided procedures to diagnose and treat diseases in nearly every organ system. The concept behind interventional radiology is to diagnose and treat patients using the least invasive techniques currently available in order to minimize risk to the patient and improve health outcomes. These procedures have less risk, less pain and less recovery time in comparison to open surgery.

What are the responsibilities of the IR technologist?

The roles of an IR technologist include:      

  • Identify and prep skin appropriate area
  • Drape patient and equipment in usual sterile fashion
  • Set up tray according to physician preference
  • Maintain sterile environment during procedures
  • Ensure doctors preferred equipment is available, pulled or on the table
  • Display proper flushing and preparation of procedural resources
  • Ability to follow the flow of the procedure and anticipate the next steps
  • Administer contrast media as needed
  • Assists the physician in pre, intra, and post procedure care of the patient

How do I become a IR Technologist?

ARRT offers a post-primary certification in Vascular Intervention (VI). Certification in VI is a requirement in many states and demonstrates a level of distinction from non certified technologists. Some institutions will reward technologists who have earned the VI certification with a salary increase. To be eligible for the ARRT post-primary certification exam in VI, you must be currently certified in radiography, and complete the established clinical experience requirements. The VI examination consists of 160 multiple choice questions that relate directly to the field of VI. There are a variety of VI programs available and students are encouraged to find the one that meets their needs and interests. The University's VI program was designed to be competitive by offering a comprehensive program of study at a world class institution with reasonable length and tuition costs. The program's goal is to educate VI technologists who understand the field of VI and can perform at a highly competent level. Graduates will be prepared to complete and pass the VI certification examination. Instruction is provided by qualified technologists and radiologists and includes classroom settings with lectures and discussion.


Otto Casal, Radiology Tech Administrator

University of Utah Hospital
Department of Radiology
30 North 1900 East
Salt Lake City, Utah 84132

Phone: (801) 585-6753
Fax: (801) 581-2414