Assists in performing a variety of technical procedures in the application of high frequency ultrasound waves to patients for diagnostic purposes. Uses highly skilled techniques to assist in clinical decision making, with guidance from senior Sonographers while working towards obtaining sound knowledge of cardiology, cardiovascular hemodynamics, doppler physics/instrumentation, cardiac and vascular ultrasound technologies.
JOB DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Assists with routine and specialized echocardiographic studies, including transthoracic, stress echocardiographic techniques, transesophageal and contrast exams, with the goal of becoming independently capable of performing complete exams.
Obtains pertinent patient medical history to optimize the exam for appropriateness. With assistance from more senior sonographer, reviews old echocardiographic studies for correlation.
Prepares exam room and ultrasound equipment to perform cardiac ultrasound studies in accordance with universal precautions to insure patient safety per approved protocols, policies and procedures. Communicate with the patient in a manner that is appropriate for patient understanding.
Obtains vital signs, including blood pressure, heart rate, height and weight. Evaluates any contraindications that may be limiting to exam completeness. Use of proper patient positioning along with ergonomically correct scanning techniques to insure patient and sonographer comfort and safety.
Works with more senior sonographer to perform the necessary cardiac measurements to generate preliminary findings and image acquisition/storage to support the interpreting physician of the finalized diagnostic report. Gain knowledge of cardiac structural findings and understand relevance.
Maintains active registry status in adult cardiac sonography (RDCS/RCS) through continuing professional educational credits. Attends echo conferences offered at URMC and/or attends local and national Echocardiography/Cardiology conferences to increase clinical knowledge base. Maintains active status in BLS (Basic Life Support).
Keeps lab and exam rooms in clean, working order, including cleaning ultrasound equipment and transducers according to lab policy. Reports all equipment malfunctions and problems to lead sonographer. Keeps all inventory and supplies current and stocked in each exam room.
Other duties as assigned.
Associate's degree required. 2 years of experience in cardiac imaging or related field or successful completion of accredited cardiac echo sonographer training program required or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Working knowledge of cardiology, cardiovascular hemodynamics, doppler physics/ instrumentation, cardiac and vascular ultrasound technologies required. RDCS/RCS certification required; RVT certification preferred.
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Pay Range: $29.50 - $38.35 Hourly
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Location: Strong Memorial Hospital
Full/Part Time: Full-Time