The Vascular Interventional Radiologic Technology Internship is designed to be completed in eight months.

By program completion, you will have:

  • Performed the radiologic technologist responsibilities assisting physicians during multiple examinations of the circulatory, alimentary and skeletal systems through angiographic and radiographic evaluation in these categories: neurologic, genitourinary, gastrointestinal, peripheral and thoracic
  • Operated angiographic equipment and instrumentation as a radiologic technologist to a level of competency in these categories: digital imaging, data acquisition, post-processing, digital subtraction techniques, image archiving, quality control, display setup, 3-D reconstruction, automatic pressure injection, catheters, guide wires, needles and implantable devices
  • Enhanced your patient care skills as a radiologic technologist relating to the interventional suite or department in these categories: patient education, informed consent, assessment and monitoring, lab values, contrast administration, medications, IV therapy, asepsis and sterile technique, emergency care, and cardiac life support
  • Performed the radiologic technologist responsibilities in assisting physicians during interventional procedures of all of the aforementioned body systems to include stent placement, angioplasty, dilatations, drainage procedures, mechanical thrombectomy, thrombolysis, brachytherapy, sclerotherapy, ablation, embolization, biopsy, vertebroplasty and kyphoplasty, central venous access, foreign-body retrieval, and distal protection device placement
  • Studied anatomy and physiology, pathology, indications and contraindications for procedures, patient positioning, intravascular access methods, intraprocedural patient management, complications, and ultrasound guidance to the echelon of an entry-level vascular-interventional technologist

Upon completion, you will have obtained comprehensive exposure, under direct program faculty supervision, in the management of various disease entities, including but not limited to:

  • Acute ischemic stroke syndrome
  • Acute brain hemorrhage (subarachnoid hemorrhage and intraparenchymal hemorrhage)
  • Peripheral vascular disease
  • Seizures and status epilepticus
  • Vascular malformation
  • Atherosclerotic disease
  • Abdominal aortic aneurysm
  • Hepatic malignancies
  • Abscess and sinus formation
  • Uterine fibroids
  • Pulmonary embolus
  • Subclavian steal syndrome
  • Jaundice
  • Nephropathy
  • Vascular spasm
  • Vasculitis

Didactic experiences

Your didactic experiences include:

  • Fundamental pharmacology. You are expected to attend a one-on-one lecture provided by the program director or clinical instructor to learn and discuss basic pharmacological patient provisions in the Interventional Radiology section. Medications discussed include analgesics, IV sedatives, anticoagulants, thrombolytic, vasoconstrictors, vasodilators, contrast and emergency response medications. This lecture is a combined, short review of information conjoined with fundamental indications and contraindications.
  • Equipment and instrumentation. You are expected to attend a one-on-one lecture provided by the program director or clinical instructor to learn and discuss interventional radiology equipment and instrumentation devices:

    • Digital imaging (image characteristics, data acquisition, subtraction technique, archiving, quality control, 3-D reconstruction)
    • Automatic pressure injectors (parts, function, operation)
    • Procedural supplies (catheters, sheaths, guide wires, angioplasty balloons, closure devices, atherectomy and mechanical thrombectomy devices)
    • Implantable devices (caval filters, both permanent and removable)
    • Central venous catheters
    • Embolic materials
    • Stents and stent grafts
  • Patient care. You are expected to attend a one-on-one lecture provided by the program director or clinical instructor to learn and discuss patient care provisions in the Interventional Radiology section. Course content includes:

    • Patient communication
    • Patient education
    • Informed consent
    • Patient assessment and monitoring (normal and abnormal values; implications)
    • Vital signs
    • Pulse oximetry
    • Access assessment
    • Peripheral pulses
    • Anatomical location
    • Lab values
    • Contrast administration
    • Indications and contraindications
    • Asepsis and sterile technique (sterile technique, sterile fields, patient preparation, maintenance of sterile fields, surgical scrub technique, infection control, standard precautions)
    • Emergency care (contrast reactions and complications, hemodynamic responses, nephrotoxicity, CNS reactions, treatment and medication)
    • Cardiac life support (BLS, defibrillation)

    You are expected to attend a one-on-one lecture provided by the program director or clinical instructor to learn and discuss:

    • Anatomy and physiology
    • Pathology
    • Indications for procedure
    • Contraindications for procedure
    • Patient positioning
    • Access method
    • Ultrasound guidance
    • Patient management
    • Intravascular pressure measurements
    • Contrast administration
    • Equipment
    • Exposure technique
    • Image enhancement
    • Closure devices
    • Complications in the aforementioned categories
      • Thoracic abdominal
      • Genitourinary and gastrointestinal nonvascular
      • Peripheral
      • Venous access
      • Dialysis management
  • Case study. You are encouraged, but not expected, to review interventional radiology cases with the medical adviser or department attending (or both) in order to gain a more complete introduction to the science.

Clinical training

As a vascular interventional radiologic technology intern, you:

  • Rotate on the hospital service under the guidance of program faculty, supervising technologists, attending physicians, resident physicians and radiology nurses
  • Receive orientation on the first day to review the structure of the services, daily work flow and patient care
  • Have the opportunity to concentrate on procedures that are aligned with pending educational interests and/or necessities after successful completion of the first 12 weeks of the program
  • Scrub and circulate interventional cases, perform radiologic technologist responsibilities, and practice proper aseptic and sterile technique
  • Experience a more progressive and independent clinical education that will be managed accordingly by the program's faculty
  • Have continual access to the program's faculty for questions regarding procedural and patient care issues


Clinical rotations are scheduled in several areas at Mayo Clinic and Mayo Clinic hospital. No off-site rotations are required as part of the program curriculum.

Grading or evaluation

Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences uses these evaluative tools:

  • Written examination
  • Demonstration of skills
  • Self-assessment exercises
  • Faculty reviews

Mayo's system of evaluation provides students and faculty with a comprehensive look at individual performance. This allows faculty and administrative staff to direct students who are experiencing academic difficulty to the appropriate support resources, including tutoring programs and counseling opportunities.

Curriculum enhancements

Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences is committed to developing and maintaining the best education programs. The curriculum and other aspects of this program are assessed constantly and changed as necessary to ensure the highest quality training.

Nov. 25, 2014