Diagnostic Medical Sonographer - Ultrasound
Utilizes high-frequency sound waves and uses special equipment to produce images of the inner human body for the identification and diagnosis of abnormalities. Assists physicians in such procedures as needle biopsies, and fluid drainages; suggests angle for puncture and assists as necessary while maintaining sterile techniques. Performs all ultrasound techniques and examinations including but not limited to: abdominal scans, retro-peritoneal scans, limited obstetric, gynecological scans, and surgical ultrasound procedures. Cleans the equipment and probe after each patient and disinfects the probes 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.
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.
EXPERIENCE: Six months to one year of diagnostic medical sonography experience preferably in an acute care setting.
LICENSURE OR CERTIFICATION: Basic Life Support (BLS) certification required. General Ultrasound Sonographers and OB Sonographers are required to obtain American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS) within eighteen (18) months of hire date.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES:
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.