Under the general direction of the Lead Ultrasound Technician and professional direction of an attending Radiologist, provides technical expertise and assistance to support ancillary personnel. The technician performs a variety of specialized technical ultrasound procedures for appropriate diagnosis. Assumes responsibility for designated areas and may be required to perform administrative tasks. The Ultrasound Technician performs specialized diagnostic sonography procedures on all patient populations including geriatrics, adults, children, infants and neonates. The Ultrasound Technician demonstrates the knowledge and skills necessary to provide care of service appropriate to the age of the patients served on assigned units. The Technician maintains a professional demeanor to both internal and external customers and promotes good interpersonal relationships.
1. Uses ultrasound equipment to produce two-dimensional ultrasonic recordings and Doppler flow analyses of abdominal/pelvic organs/vasculature, and small parts including, but not limited to thyroid, soft tissues of the head and neck, and scrotum. Utilizes endocavitary transducers to image female pelvic organs and the prostate and surrounding area, as requested.
2. Maintains log of exams performed. Keeps records of service calls for equipment.
3. Keys patient information into computer on equipment and adjusts equipment and adjusts equipment to obtain images, prints images following prescribed protocols.
4. Moves transducer, by hand, over appropriate areas, according to exam requested. Observes ultrasound display screen and listens to Doppler signals to acquire data for measurement of blood flow velocities.
5. Avoids making ultrasound exposure a hazard to the patient.
6. Assists patient(s) in/on ultrasound table from wheelchair/stretcher.
7. Positions patients based on established standards of ultrasound imaging.
8. Uses both hands, wrists and shoulders to select buttons, switches, and twist knobs to optimize images, pulls/pushes, bend/stoops routinely.
9. Distinguish audible sounds.
10. Views sonograms including color distinctions.
11. Organizes and accurately performs the individual steps in a sonographic procedure in the proper sequence.
12. Pushes equipment weighing approximately 800 pounds on wheels to patient care areas and perform studies in those areas.
13. Participates in departmental quality monitoring and statistical information as assigned.
14. Cleans and monitors equipment and reports equipment problems/failures to supervisor.
15. Assists in inventory control by requesting needed items to the supervisor.
16. Obtains and records accurate patient history.
17. Performs diagnostic procedures and obtains diagnostic images according to written procedure according to the diagnostic findings.
18. Analyzes technical data.
19. Uses independent judgment in recognizing the need to extend the scope of the procedure according to the diagnostic findings.
20. Provides an oral or written summary of the technical findings to the physician for medical diagnosis.
21. Collaborates with physician or other members of the healthcare team.
Qualifications: Associates degree or graduate from an AMA approved school and/or equivalent training under direction of a Radiologist and/or physician required. Minimum one year experience preferred. Must be registered with the American Registry for Diagnostic Sonography (ARDMS) or American Registry Radiology Technology (ARRT) in Ultrasound or eligible to take the boards (must be certified within 12 months of hire date). Current BLS through the American Heart Association required.
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