Diagnosis and Therapeutic Technicians

Diagnosis and Therapeutic Technicians

The Hospital da Luz Setúbal counts on the wide-ranging and highly qualified support of our Diagnosis and Therapeutic Technicians.

The technological advances that have occurred in recent years in the health sector along with the professional specialization of diagnostic and therapeutic technicians contribute to their pivotal role in the health care team. Hence, the technological innovation present in the Hospital da Luz Setúbal depends on the services of a young, highly qualified body of diagnostic and therapeutic technicians, selected in accordance with rigorous technical and professional standards in addition to an evaluation of their experience.

The diagnostic and therapeutic technicians of the Hospital da Luz Setúbal carry out their activity in various areas and are integrated into multidisciplinary teams in order to provide care services focused on the patients’ needs. Our technicians are committed to continuous learning and involvement in training and research programs in their professional areas, enabling them to respond to technological evolution and ensure the highest quality and efficiency in the health care services we provide.

Imagiology technicians perform and evaluate the quality of medical images in diverse fields of Imagiological intervention including angiography, bone densitometry, general radiology, mammography, orthopantomography and cephalometry, magnetic resonance, and computerized tomography (CT).

Audiology technicians are involved in the diagnosis process of the audio-vestibular system by planning, execution and interpreting of exams concerning functional and electrophysiological exploration, with a view to identifying, quantifying and qualifying any anomalies that may be present. They also participate in the planning and implementation of auditory and vestibular rehabilitation programs.

The cardiopneumology technicians carry out diagnostic exams and treatments related to the morpho-functional and physiopathological context of cardiovascular, cerebrovascular and respiratory systems including electrocardiograms, ergometric tests, echocardiograms, functional respiratory tests, sleep studies, ambulatory exams concerning cardiovascular function, and peripheral vascular and cerebrovascular Doppler ultrasound exams. They also contribute to invasive acts in cardiovascular therapy and diagnosis, cardiorespiratory reanimation and in methods of life support during cardiothoracic surgery by way of extracorporeal technology.

The primary responsibilities of dieticians include health promotion, establishing programs of intervention, training and promotion for healthy dietary habits. Their health intervention role is based on organizing appropriate nutritional support and diet in accordance with the clinical condition and nutritional state of the patient, as well as dietary and nutritional consultations with patients. They also impact food safety through their involvement in quality control programs in the hospital.

Pharmacy technicians are involved in all phases of medication distribution which contributes to their correct and rational use in the hospital. Their activity includes tasks related with the drug distribution by various hospital services, the storage of drugs, validity control, the acquisition and reception of products, stock management, preparation of parenteral nutrition and magisterial formulas.

Physiotherapy technicians contribute to the analysis, evaluation, treatment and rehabilitation of problems in movement and posture. Their intervention takes place from a bio-psycho-social perspective, working on the recovery, increase and maintenance of the physical capacities of patients, as well as on the prevention of incapacities, using specific techniques. These techniques include specific educational and therapeutic approaches and manipulative therapies in physical and natural environments.

Speech therapists are responsible for prevention, evaluation, and rehabilitation of speech problems. The therapeutic intervention is based on a functional perspective of improved communication capabilities of patients, mainly in terms of language, speech, voice and swallowing. The patient is managed according to specific therapeutic strategies appropriate for different ages and conditions.

Occupational therapists help patients become capable of performing occupational tasks in support of their health and well-being. Their approach focuses on developing skills, restoring or compensating for lost functions, and preventing further dysfunction. Specific techniques and procedures, along with support technologies, are employed to achieve the therapeutic goals.
Orthoptic technicians identify, quantify and classify irregularities in sight and ocular motility by carrying out complementary, diagnostic, anatomic-physiological exams. They also contribute to the adaptation of contact lenses.

Radiotherapy technicians collaborate in the planning and application of radiotherapy techniques for the purpose of optimizing the therapeutic administration of radiation doses. They perform direct and supervisory work in the care and well-being of oncology patients.

Neurophysiology technicians register bioelectrical activity of the central and peripheral nervous system, as a means of diagnosis in the field of neurophysiology. Conventional and / or computerized techniques may be used to collect diagnostic data related to neurological disorders.