Operates diagnostic equipment to graphically record the position and motion of the heart walls or the internal structure of the heart and neighboring tissue by the echo obtained from beams of ultrasonic waves directed through the chest wall. Registration is offered by Cardiovascular Credentialing International (CCI), as a Registered Cardiac Sonographer (RCS) or by the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers (ARDMS) as a Registered Diagnostic Cardiac Sonographer (RDCS) highly desirable. The incumbent works under the supervision of the Radiology Supervisor, and closely coordinates work with the Lead Medical Instrument Technician, Cardiologists, Radiologist, and Medical Service Administrators. Duties include but are not limited to: 1. The incumbent has the ability to perform and interpret cardiac/echocardiogram ultrasonography and related special procedures, i.e. Trans Esophageal Echocardiograms (TEE), bubble studies, contrast studies and invasive stress testing. Works closely with the Cardiologist to keep abreast of the latest measurements and techniques in echo-cardiology. 2. Knowledge of cardiac arrhythmias and their relationship to hemodynamic conditions of the cardiac cycle. 3. Maintains and keeps abreast of normal and abnormal results in each given scan. Familiarity with the manifestation of various diseases so particular attention can be given to that organ with that process in mind. The ability to recognize normal and abnormal tissue masses and densities with relation to the results it entails. The ability to recognize life threatening conditions which require the immediate attention and notification of the provider. 4. Ability to perform complex procedures such as cardiac studies of the heart valves and chambers using sector scanning techniques to detect stenotic and incompetent valves, chamber enlargement, and pericardial effusion and other cardiovascular studies deriving pressure gradients. 5. Ability to perform quality images and Doppler frequency shift recordings using M-mode, two-dimensional, pulsed and continuous Doppler and color flow Doppler imaging. 6. Maintains adequate records, including identification of scans, daily log and preliminary diagnosis for further reference. Maintains ultrasound equipment and supplies for the ultrasound department. In charge of coordinating maintenance and installation of upgrades and new equipment. 7. Skilled in positioning patients for a wide variety of examinations, adapting instrument controls, and examination techniques to the individual patient being studied and the problem being evaluated including recognizing pertinent abnormalities and documenting abnormal findings. 8. Thorough working knowledge of ultrasound equipment operation and care, which includes sensitivity and output adjustments of the instruments; to ensure proper imaging and physical principles of sound generation and transmission characteristics, such as A-mode, M-mode and color Doppler. Also, knowledge of methods of signal processing, in order to select appropriate transducer for tissue being examined. 9. Skilled in anatomy and physiology, such as the position, shape, size, and function of the many major systems, including the urinary, vascular, digestive, respiratory, circulatory, etc.; as they relate to the examination requested. 10. Assists cardiologist by presenting scans and explaining any oddities relating to each scan. 11. Maintains required records, such as posting examination date to patient's electronic medical record, number of images acquired per examination, and examinations performed, as well as other appropriate notes. 12. When the patient checks-in for an ultrasound, verifies patient's identity using two identifiers, reads request to determine exact nature of examination(s) requested, explains procedure to patient, positions any accessory equipment required, and completes any needed scans to accomplish requested procedures. 13. Basic nursing practices in caring for patients including CPR and sterile techniques. 14. May be assigned special/additional duties or tasks by the Supervisor of Imaging Services or Chief of Diagnostic Services Work schedule: 6:30 AM to 5:00 PM (Monday, Friday, and Saturday) Compressed/Flexible Schedule: As stated in the work schedule. Financial Disclosure Report: Not Required Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Functional Statement Title: Medical Instrument Technician (Echocardiography Ultrasound Technician) Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized.
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