Ultrasound Technicians, also known as diagnostic medical sonographers, use specialized equipment to create images, pictures and videotape of patient’s bodies using high frequency sound waves. They operate ultrasound equipment, record the outcomes of results and present the results and patient history to the physician for his or her interpretation.
ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS
- Recording any relevant medical history.
- Perform ultrasonic diagnostic procedures in accordance with accepted protocols as directed by physicians.
- Instruct patients regarding procedures to ensure cooperation and optimum test results.
- Follow prescribed safety standards in operating equipment.
- Maintain examination rooms and work areas. Order and stock all ultrasound supplies, clean and maintain ultrasound equipment.
- Must be able to interact compassionately and effectively with people; be knowledgeable about and limit the risk from possible exposure to blood and body fluids.
- Acquire and analyze data that is generated by various ultrasound and related technologies
- Provide summaries of findings to physicians to assist with patient diagnosis and management.
- Assist in electronic and clerical scheduling, record keeping and computerized image archiving.
- Adjusting and maintaining the equipment.
- Complies with regulatory regulations, NorthShore Health Centers policies and Procedures and the Indiana State Board of Health regulations.
- Participates in department specific Quality Assurance programs. Complies with OSHA, universal precautions, and Exposure Control Plan.
- Attends in-services, meetings, and mandatory training as required.
- Execute verbal and/or written specific assigned tasks requiring similar or lesser Skills and abilities some of which are continuing while others are occasional in nature.
- Degree or certification from an accredited college, university, vocational or technical school for performing diagnostic and elective Ultrasound imaging. Certification from American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers (ARDMS).
- Requires 2 years experience in diagnostic imaging.
- Valid CPR Certification
- A certain degree of creativity and latitude is required.
- Shows respect and sensitivity for cultural differences, promotes a harassment-free work environment, and is capable of relating to people of diverse age, ethnic, racial, cultural, and socioeconomic backgrounds
- Completes all certification processes and required Continuing Education in a timely manner
PHYSICAL DEMANDS AND ENVIRONMENTAL CONDITIONS
- Prolonged periods of walking, sitting, and standing
- Regularly lift and/or move up to 25 lbs.
- Frequent viewing computer/imaging monitor
- Specific vision abilities required include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus
- Frequent hearing and speaking
- Frequently required to reach with hands and arms
- Frequent use of hands to touch, handle, grip and/or feel
- Occasional Stooping, bending, pulling or stretching.
- Occasional pushing and pulling up to 250 pounds on wheels
- Constant interaction with staff/clients/patients
- Subject to exposure of bloodborne and airborne pathogens
- Occasional driving required to site locations, off- site meetings, and programs
- Regularly exposed to risk of radiation
- Frequently exposed to toxic or caustic chemicals
- Frequently exposed to risk of electrical shock
- Subject to high stress situations
MACHINES, TOOLS, EQUIPMENT AND WORK AIDS
- Ultrasound equipment, software, monitor, processors, etc.
- Computer, Nextgen software, fax machine, copier, scanner, and multi-line telephone system.
American Registry Of Radiologic Technologists (Arrt) Certified