The Ultrasound Technician performs a variety of difficult and complex ultrasound examinations, is responsible for ensuring the proper operation/maintenance of ultrasound scanners to produce quality diagnostic scans in support of patient care, will perform comprehensive health care services required for all government beneficiaries according to the requirements contained in healthcare standards of practice, Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations standards (JCAHO), College of American Pathologists (CAP), Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), Infection Control, National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and Health Service Inspection (HSI) standards.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Essential duties and responsibilities include the following. Other duties may be assigned.
Responsible for the integration of CNI Core Competencies into daily functions, including: commitment to integrity, knowledge/quality of work, supporting financial goals of the company, initiative/motivation, cooperation/relationships, problem analysis/discretion, accomplishing goals through organization, positive oral/written communication skills, leadership abilities, commitment to Affirmative Action, reliability/dependability, flexibility and ownership/accountability of actions taken.
Receives patients and explains procedures, providing humane and appropriate care and communication to alleviate fear of examination. Correctly positions the patient for the examination and makes adjustments necessary for the required examination. Determines if any special patient preparation is required.
Operates facility provided ultrasound scanners. Operates the linear, sector, and endovaginal probes as well as pulse and color Doppler capabilities of provided scanners.
Receives and interprets requests or instructions for diagnostic ultrasound scans; performs daily warm up and assigned quality control checks of the ultrasound scanners.
Performs a full range of diagnostic ultrasonic examinations including, but not limited to: fetal echo; placental Doppler studies; obstetrical sonography, including imaging of all fetal anatomy in order to obtain accurate dating and growth parameters and evaluate for fetal abnormalities and problems with the pregnancy; pelvic sonography, including imaging of all pelvic anatomy to attain accurate assessment of suspected pathology; and endovaginal sonography exams to obtain accurate assessment of suspected pelvic pathology.
Performs numerous complex sonographic scanning on all anatomical areas for in-utero, neonatal, pediatric, adolescent, adult and geriatric patients. Includes fixed and portable scanners. Assists radiologist and/or other physicians in performing invasive diagnostic techniques such as biopsies, aspirations and intraoperative localization of lesions, or other similar procedures.
Identifies abnormalities during testing and determines need for additional scans of affected area.
Recognizes anatomic variants and determines which other area(s) of the body should be scanned.
Uses a detailed understanding of diseases of anatomy to accomplish effective ultrasound scanning.
Advises the physician of results of the examination and provides them with a preliminary diagnosis.
Notifies physician of significant scans requiring immediate attention.
Maintains and cleans ultrasound equipment on a regular basis in accordance with Radiology department standards. Stocks and maintains an adequate level of supplies required to ultrasound examinations. Recommends necessary monthly repairs when diagnostic quality is degraded.
Makes minor adjustments on equipment. Differentiates artifacts from normal or pathological processes and recognizes electronic equipment limitations. Programs the examination equipment, sets up the machine and scanning techniques to be employed.
Reviews new developments in the field by reading journals and attending meeting when possible and recommends to supervisor those changes which would improve the operation of the ultrasound section. Performs other related duties as assigned.
Recognizes the need for and institutes the necessary emergency measures for situations where a person requires resuscitation procedures due to cardiac or respiratory arrest.
Responsible for aiding in own self-development by being available and receptive to all training made available by the company.
Plans daily activities within the guidelines of company policy, job description, and supervisor’s instruction in such a way as to maximize personal output.
Responsible for keeping own immediate work area in a neat and orderly condition to ensure safety of self and co-workers.
Reports any unsafe conditions and/or practices to the appropriate supervisor and human resources. Will immediately correct any unsafe conditions as the best of own ability.
Graduation from a medical sonography training program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP). Must have a minimum of 1 year of full-time experience within the last 2 years in a setting corresponding to the requirements.
CERTIFICATES, LICENSES, REGISTRATION
Current registration as a Registered Diagnostic Medical Sonographer by the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers, Inc. (ARDMS) Current Basic Life Support-Provider (BLS) Certification