Physiological Scientist

Physiological Scientist Job Description

Physiological Scientists Examine The Functioning Of Organs And Body Systems In Order To Diagnose Abnormalities And Disease. They Use Highly Specialised Equipment And Techniques To Measure The Functioning Of Vital Organs, Such As The Heart, Lungs And Brain, In Patients Who Are Often Seriously Ill Or Have Long-term Health Problems.

They Record And Report The Physiological Data They Obtain To Help Diagnose Disease, Plan Treatment And Management Of Care And Measure The Effects Of Previous Treatment. Many Physiological Scientists Are Also Responsible For Teaching And Training Other Staff.

Physiological Scientists Tend To Specialise In Certain Fields Of Medicine, Such As Cardiology, Respiratory Function, Audiology, Neurophysiology Or Vascular Science. Job Titles May Differ According To The Specialist Area.

Physiological Scientist Duties/Functions/Responsibilities

  • maintaining and calibrating equipment, including therapeutic and diagnostic equipment used in patients' homes;
  • ensuring the safe use of expensive and complex equipment and any related substances;
  • measuring the functions of a patient's body, such as digestion or breathing;
  • getting patients and equipment into correct locations and positions for monitoring; 
  • giving assistance and reassurance to patients during their medical tests and/or operations;
  • monitoring patients' conditions, giving them relevant information and instructions;
  • using specialised equipment to perform clinical physiological tests;
  • recording and analysing physiological data from equipment in order to help medical staff and occasionally carrying out related calculations;
  • reporting physiological data to help diagnose disease, identify treatment regimes and measure the effects of treatment;
  • reporting equipment faults and ensuring that appropriate levels of consumables are maintained.

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