Must be a registered Sonographer with the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers (ARDMS), or registry eligible. Previous experience preferred. Must perform examinations in an acceptable time frame using a variety of complex equipment (real-time linear arrays, mechanical sector scanners, computerized phased arrays, and Doppler).
Maintains a positive and professional atmosphere for patients. Demonstrates interpersonal skills necessary in order to interact effectively with patients who may be under physical or emotional stress and gather and exchange patient information with nursing personnel and physicians. Reviews patient chart and results of previous diagnostic studies and records patient's personal and medical information. Selects appropriate equipment and proper technical factors on an individual patient basis according to specific orders and part of body to be examined. Assists patient in assuming physical position for required exam. Provides immobilization as required and protection in accordance with prescribed safety standards. Explains test procedure to patient to elicit cooperation and ally apprehensions. Practices sterile techniques and prevents cross contamination. Maintains orderliness and cleanliness, including provision for the contamination free condition of rooms, equipment and personnel. Records images using proper identification information and sends results of Sonography to physician for interpretation. May discuss test results with physician or request physician to personally view screen image. Performs clerical duties such as maintaining department records, reports, charging, charting and set up of studies. Assists in scheduling, registering and escorting of patients. Assists physicians in performance of other related examinations, such as amniocentesis, cyst puncture, thoracentesis, and scanning during surgery. Develops film and stocks dark room with Ultrasound film. Responsible for delegated areas of authority in the performance of routine or special procedures. In the absence of the lead Sonographer may be designated as acting lead person. Performs quality control functions as designed by manufacturer of equipment or physicist. Assists in training students in the basics of Ultrasound. Operates computers in all aspects of the job, equipment operation, exam report data and making quantitative estimates of acoustic parameters. Keeps current regarding developments in trends and techniques of Sonography by reading technical journals, participating inservice education programs, attending conferences, etc. Maintaining an active status with the ARDMS by meeting all continuing education requirements.