Diagnostic and Therapeutic Technicians

Diagnostic and Therapeutic Technicians

Hospitals and clinics in Hospital da Luz network count with a framework of wide-ranging and highly qualified Diagnostic and Therapeutic Technicians.

The technological advances of recent years in the health sector and the indispensable professional specialization associated assign Diagnostic and Therapeutic Technicians, today, a determinant role in health teams. Thus, the technological innovation present in Hospital da Luz network counts with a framework of highly qualified Diagnostic and Therapeutic Technicians, selected in conformity with rigorous standards, in technical, personal and professional terms.

The Diagnostic and Therapeutic Technicians of Hospital da Luz network develop their activity in several areas, integrated in multidisciplinary teams, in order to provide complete healthcare services focused on patients needs, thus decisively contributing to their well-being and quality of life. The Diagnostic and Therapeutic Technicians are committed to continuous learning, participating in training and research programs in their professional areas, enabling them to respond to technological evolution and ensure high quality and efficiency in health care providing.

Imaging Technicians develop their professional activity performing and evaluating the quality of medical imaging, in the scope of different areas and interventional imaging techniques, namely, angiography, bone densitometry, general radiology, mammography, orthopantomography and cephalometry, magnetic resonance and computed tomography. They also support areas such as interventional cardiology and radiology, as well as surgical acts using image intensifiers or intraoperative CT.

Audiology Technicians develop their activity in the area of diagnosis, planning, executing and interpreting exams of classical functional and electrophysiological exploration, for the purpose of identifying, quantifying and qualifying anomalies in the audio-vestibular system. In the area of rehabilitation, they participate in the planning and execution of auditive and vestibular rehabilitation programs.

Cardiopulmonary Technicians perform their activity in the morphofunctional and physiopathological context of the cardiovascular, cerebrovascular and respiratory systems, making diagnostic exams and therapeutic acts, namely, electrocardiograms, ergometric tests, echocardiograms, respiratory function tests, sleep studies, cardiovascular function ambulatory studies, peripheric vascular and cerebrovascular ecodoppler studies. They also collaborate in invasive acts of diagnosis and cardiovascular therapeutics, in cardiorespiratory reanimation and in life support resources in cardiothoracic surgery, through extracorporeal technology.

Pharmacy Technicians intervene in the scope of hospital pharmacy in all phases of medicine distribution, contributing to their correct and rational use, Their activity englobes tasks related with medicine distribution to the different hospital services, medicine storage, medicine validity control, acquisition and reception of products, stock management, preparation of parenteral nutrition and magistral formulas, and handling of cytotoxics.

Physiotherapists contribute to analyse, evaluate, treat and rehabilitate movement and posture problems. Their intervention occurs in a biopsychosocial perspective, collaborating in the recovery, improvement and maintenance of patients physical capacities, as well as in the prevention of incapacities, using specific techniques. These techniques include specific educative and therapeutic means, essentially based on movement, manipulative therapies, and physical and natural means.

Speech Therapists focus on the prevention, evaluation and rehabilitation of human communication disorders. The therapeutic intervention is based on a functional perspective of improvement of patients communication capacities, essentially at the level of language, speech, voice and deglutition. The following-up is made through specific therapeutic strategies, appropriate to different ages and pathologies.

Occupational Therapists capacitate patients to perform occupational tasks, in order to promote their health and well-being. Their approach is centred on the patient and his occupation, so as to develop competences, restore lost functions, prevent dysfunctions and/or compensate functions. To achieve this, they use specific techniques and procedures and/or technical or technological support.

Orthoptic Technicians identify, quantify and qualify anomalies of vision and ocular motility, participating in the execution of anatomo-physiological diagnostic complementary exams and in the adaptation of contact lenses.

Molecular Medicine Technicians are responsible for the application of radioactive products for the purpose of diagnosis and therapeutics, englobing radiopharmacy, conventional nuclear medicine, radioguided surgery, positron emission tomography, nuclear hematology and radioimmunoassay.

Radiotherapy Technicians perform their activity collaborating in the planning and application of radiotherapy techniques, for the purpose of optimizing the therapeutic administration of radiation doses. They develop direct and supervision work in the care and welfare of oncologic patients.

Anatomical Pathology Technicians evaluate adequacy and process body tissue samples, diversely obtained, for macroscopic and microscopic optical or posterior electronic observation, in order to reach an anatomopathological diagnosis.

Clinical Analysis and Public Health Technicians act integrated in multidisciplinary teams, in the scope of clinical pathology, immunohemotherapy and public health, performing biologic products sample collection and applying analytical determination techniques, contributing to the diagnosis and screening of various pathologies.

Neurophysiology Technicians perform registration of the bioelectric activity of central and peripheral nervous system, as means of diagnosis in neurophysiology, particularly in pathologies of the neurologic and neurosurgical scope, resorting to conventional and/or computed techniques.

The primary functions of Nutritionists and Dietitians englobe different areas, including health promotion, elaboration of intervention programs, education and promotion towards healthy diet habits. In the therapeutic context, their intervention is reflected in the programming of adequate diet and nutritional support, in accordance with the clinical condition and nutritional status of patients, and in consultations of dietetics and nutrition. They can also carry out functions in the area of food safety, controlling the quality of food in the hospitals and clinics of Hospital da Luz network.