Job: Diagnostic Medical Sonographer

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Job Description

Diagnostic Medical Sonographer

Location:Tucson, Arizona
Job Category:Allied Health
Department:796 Ultrasound
Shift:3 - Night Shift
Schedule:Full time
Job Code:410044

TMC HealthCare

TMC HealthCare is Southern Arizona's regional nonprofit hospital system with Tucson Medical Center at its core. Each day staff comes to work to use their skills and expertise to improve the health of the entire community, from birth to the end of life.


General Sonographers utilize high-frequency sound waves and use of special camera equipment to produce images of the inner human body for the identification and diagnosis of abnormalities. Vascular Sonographers utilize high-frequency sound waves to perform non-invasive ultrasound studies to identify vascular abnormalities and informs appropriate health care providers of preliminary data. Informs patients about testing procedures. Cardiac Sonographers/Echo utilize high-frequency sound waves to perform non-invasive ultrasound procedures of the heart to assess the function as well as the structures of the heart in adult and geriatric patients.


General Sonographers:

Utilizes high-frequency sound waves and uses special camera equipment to produce images of the inner human body for the identification and diagnosis of abnormalities. Assists physicians in such procedures as needle biopsies amniocentesis and renal biopsies; marks patients’ body; determines angle for puncture and assists as necessary while maintaining sterile techniques. Performs all ultrasound techniques and examinations, abdominal scans, retro-peritoneal scans, obstetric and gynecology scans and surgical ultrasound procedures.

Vascular Sonographers:

Assists physicians with procedures such as pseudoaneurysm thrombin injections, marks patient location for surgery and intervention and maintains sterile procedures and techniques. Performs all vascular ultrasound procedures and exams including, but not limited to carotid, venous, arterial, and transcranial doppler and independently provides preliminary reports. Shares physician instruction with patients concerning treatment as requested by physician.

Cardiac Sonographers:

Performs ultrasound procedures of the heart such as echocardiograms, stress echoes, dobutamine stress echoes on adult and geriatric patients and provides the cardiologist with preliminary report. Notify physician of critical findings. Assists cardiologist with Transesophogeal Echocardiograms. Participates in the call rotation for the department as needed. Performs echocardiograms at the bedside when necessary.

Cleans the equipment and probe after each patient and disinfects the TEE probe after each procedure, making sure to adhere to safety, environmental and infection control policies and procedures as set forth by the hospital and the department.

Explains the procedure, answers patient questions and addresses their concerns

Assists medical staff during special procedures.

Obtains patient history, answers patient questions, explains procedures and comforts patients.

Abstracts relevant information from the patients’ clinical record and obtains additional information if necessary; verifies prescription, diagnosis, patient identification and chart.

Maintains records of examination data and other pertinent information on patients.

Maintains sonographic and other equipment in efficient operating order; assists with preventative maintenance on a regularly scheduled basis.

Performs advanced tests with portable equipment in patients’ rooms when necessary.

Positions patients and operates equipment to produce the most reliable and informational data; observes patient for any unusual reactions or event.

Cleans instruments on fixed and movable equipment associated with surgical sonography activities.

Operates specialized equipment to calibrate and record test results; prepares room and equipment for patient; and instructs hospital personnel and students on examination procedures, evaluation of results, equipment maintenance and calibration, as well as anatomy and physiology pertaining to exam and principles utilized by equipment.

Assists in inventory control and ordering supplies.

Takes call responsibilities as needed in department.

Adheres to TMC organizational and department-specific safety, confidentiality, values policies and standards.

Performs related duties as assigned.


EDUCATION: Associate's degree or equivalent from two-year college or technical school providing a sonography program. For cardiac sonographer, the minimum qualifications are an Associate degree or equivalent from two-year college or technical school providing a cardiac sonography program or two (2) years of experience performing echocardiograms under the direction of a registered sonographer.

EXPERIENCE: Six months to one year of diagnostic medical sonography experience preferably in an acute care setting. For cardiac sonographer, prefer two (2) years of experience doing echocardiograms in an acute care setting.

LICENSURE OR CERTIFICATION: Registry through the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS); Registered Diagnostic Medical Sonographer (RDMS) for general sonographer or Registered Vascular Technologist (RVT) for the vascular sonographer; (Note: 10 CEU’s Required Annually to Retain RVT Registration.) For cardiac sonographer: Cardiovascular Credentialing International (CCI), Registered Diagnostic Cardiac Sonographer (RCDS); Must take and retain ARDMS certification within six (6) months of hire. Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) certification.


  • Knowledge of sonography best practices and procedures.

  • Skill in performing ultrasound techniques and examinations, and evaluating scans.

  • Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals.

  • Ability to complete routine reports and correspondence; ability to listen and accurately interpret others' communication or instructions to take appropriate action.

  • Ability to speak effectively before groups of customers or employees of organization.

  • Ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals.

  • Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral, or diagram form.

  • Ability to deal with problems involving several concrete variables in standardized situations.

Because it is important for healthcare providers to promote a healthy environment and lifestyle, Tucson Medical Center has implemented a tobacco-free hiring policy. Effective October 1, 2010, TMC will no longer hire applicants who are users of tobacco products. By submitting an application with Tucson Medical Center you agree to commit to being tobacco-free.

Reasonable accommodations necessary to apply for employment of individuals with disabilities are available upon request. Any individual seeking accommodations should contact the Director of Human Resources at 520-324-2775.

It is the policy of this facility to provide equal employment opportunity without discrimination or harassment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, disability, status as a Vietnam-era or special disabled veteran or any other characteristic protected by state, federal or local law. This facility prohibits any such unlawful discrimination.


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