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JOB SUMMARY:  

The Diagnostic Sonographer utilizes high frequency sound waves and other diagnostic techniques for medical diagnosis.  The professional level of this health care service requires highly skilled and competent individuals who function as integral members of the health care team.  The Diagnostic Sonographer must be able to produce and evaluate ultrasound images and related data that are used by physicians to render a medical diagnosis.  The Diagnostic Sonographer must acquire and maintain specialized technical skills and medical knowledge to render quality patient care.

Essential Function:

Use oral and written communication skills in order to:

  • Maintain clinical records.
  • Interact with the interpreting physician or other appropriate physician as permitted by employer policy and procedure with oral and written summary.
  • Recognize significant clinical information and historical facts from the patient and the medical records, which may effect the sonographic examination.
  • Comprehend and employ appropriate medical terminology, abbreviations, symbols, terms, and phrases.
  • Educate other health care providers and the public in the appropriate application of ultrasound evaluation.

Provide basic patient and comfort including:

  • Maintain infection control care and use universal precautions including:
  • Hand washing and cleaning or disinfection, as appropriate, of transducers and cables between examinations.
  • Use of sterile cover for transducer and cable when appropriate.
  • Use of gloves and other barrier technology as required.
  • Anticipate and be able to respond to the needs of the patient.
  • Identify a life-threatening situation and carry out emergency care as allowed by employer procedure.

Demonstrate ability to mathematical calculations and use instrument controls in order to:

  • Calculate mathematical and do algebraic functions.
  • Utilize the keyboard functions.
  • Enter patient information into the instrument memory, select appropriate transducer, set initial power output an instrument gain for patient size and age, and select menu items as required for each type of equipment available.
  • Consistently provide best image quality within the limitations imposed by the available resources.

Know human gross and sectional anatomy to:

  • Image the anatomical structures in the region of interest.
  • Recognize the sonographic appearance of normal and abnormal tissue structures.

Know physiology, pathology, and pathophysiology to:

  • Obtain and evaluate pertinent patient history and physical findings.
  • Extend standard imaging protocol as required by patient history or initial sonographic findings.
  • Review image documentation and related data from current and previous examinations to produce a written summary of technical findings, including relevant interval changes for the interpreting physician’s reference.
  • Recognize examination findings that may require immediate clinical response and notify the interpreting physician or other appropriate physician, as allowed by employer policy and procedure, of sonographic findings.
  • Know acoustical physics, Doppler ultrasound principles, and ultrasound instrumentation to:
  • Select the proper transducer(s) for examination(s) being performed.

Obtain optimal quality sonographic data for the specific specialty in the form of:

  • B-mode
  • M-mode
  • Continuous wave and pulsed wave doppler, and/or
  • Color flow doppler

Implement a quality assurance program that includes quality control procedures in order to:

  • Insure safe and effective equipment operation including:
  • Inspecting for electrical hazards
  • Inspecting for mechanical hazards.
  • Evaluating equipment performance using acoustic test objects.
  • Document equipment performance service, maintenance, and configuration changes.

Understand published statements regarding interaction between ultrasound and tissue and the probability of biological effects in clinical examinations to provide accurate information to the patients, physicians, other health care providers, and the general public.

Employ professional judgment and discretion in order to:

  • Protect the patient’s rights and privacy
  • Perform within the scope of practice
  • Adhere to the professional code of conduct

QUALIFICATIONS:

Education : Graduate of an accredited RDMS program.

Work Experience: At least one year experience required.

Licensing Requirements: RDMS (Registered Diagnostic Medical Sonographer) certified, (or) Registry Eligible.

Language Requirements: None

Physical Demands:

  • Must be able to stand/walk between 4 to 6 hours per day.
  • Must be able to bend, reach overhead, crouch, balance and push up to two hours per day.
  • Must be able to lift up to 75 pounds.

Special Demands: None

Special Considerations: Will be dealing with patients ages 0 to 120.

 

DISCLAIMER: The preceding job description has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed.  It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities and qualifications required of employees assigned to this job.

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