Performs diagnostic procedures to assess cardiac structures and hemodynamics in accordance with applicable scope and standards of practice and with the policies, values, and mission of the organization.
Demonstrates Competency in the Following Areas:
- Performs clinical assessment and diagnostic sonography examinations.
- Perform noninvasive ultrasound procedures, Doppler vascular examinations, deep abdominal studies and color-flow ultrasound as required.
- Selects appropriate equipment for use in ultrasound setup, following exam specifications.
- Explains the test to the patient. Instructs and assists the patient in assuming the physical position for examination.
- Able to assess patient pain interfering with imaging procedure; makes appropriate physician contact for examination.
- Performs all aspects of patient care in an environment that optimizes patient safety and reduces the likelihood of medical/health care errors.
- Supports and maintains a culture of safety and quality.
- Selects a transducer and adjusts the equipment controls according to the organ to be examined, the depth of field and other specifications of test.
- Enters test data and patient information into computer of ultrasound equipment to maintain record of test results.
- Moves transducer, by hand, over specified area of the body and observes sound wave display screen to monitor quality of ultrasonic pattern produced.
- Produces images of internal organs and records diagnostic data in PACS
- Obtains permanent record by transferring images into PACS.
- Evaluates technical quality of images.
- Discusses test results with supervisor or attending physician.
- Performs all quality control checks, as prescribed.
- Maintains accurate QC logs, service records, etc.
- Maintains records of ultrasound exams, archiving and de-archiving data as required; calculates, compiles and records data from numerical readings on patient's medical record and related documents.
- Understands and practices proper use of all equipment; never operates equipment inconsistent with manufacturer's instruction.
- Calibrates, cleans and performs routine maintenance on equipment to ensure proper functioning; cleans and sterilizes instruments, supplies and equipment; stocks and replenish supplies as needed.
- Documentation meets current standards and hospital policy.
- Provides care appropriate to the condition and age of the patient, including pediatric, geriatric, and general population.
- Bachelor of Science degree in Diagnostic Medical Sonography is desirable.
- Successful completion of an approved one (1) year program in ultrasound technology.
- Must be eligible for registry by the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers (ARDMS) or the Cardiovascular Credentialing International (CCI).
- One (1) year of cardiovascular imaging experience.
- CCI credentialed or eligible.
- Certification in area of specialty.
- Current BCLS certification.
- Current compliance with Continuing Medical Education (CME) requirements for specialty(ies) as appropriate.