Ultrasound Technologist

ABD, OBGYN/ VASCULAR/ECHO. Performs diagnostic ultrasound procedures, and or Vascular, Echo, possibly Diagnostic radiology, CT , MRI, or Mammography on patients and works with members of the Hospital District and the community to improve the delivery of patient care.

Payscale: Non-Exempt, hourly, Night shift differential, weekend shift differential, holiday differential, specialty pay, Call Rate = $3/HOUR covered, callbacks Paid at 1.5x hourly rate with a 15 minute minimum
Department: Radiology
Chain of Command: DIRECTOR OF RADIOLOGY, CHIEF NURSING OFFICER, CEO
Supervises: Mentors new technologists. Students of Allied Health Imaging Programs
Location(s): Memorial Hospital

Physical and Mental Requirements

  • extended periods of standing/ walking
  • manual dexterity
  • pushing pulling carts <300 lbs
  • repetitive motion
  • lifting/carrying >= 50 lbs.
  • crawling
  • climbing
  • kneeling/bending
  • visual acuity
  • hearing acuity

Work Conditions

  • inside
  • non stressful/occasionally highly stressful

Hazards

  • OHSA Blood Bourne Pathogens Class I
  • Exposure to Ionizing Radiation
  • Repetitive wrist, arm, shoulder injury

Job Qualifications

Education

  • Minimum Graduate of 2 year accredited program in Diagnostic Ultrasound (Associate or Certificate) or Cross Training equivalent of 2 years good experience in similar environment.

Licensure, Registry and Certifications

  • Minimum: Registered or Registry eligible ARDMS or Registered ARRT (S)
  • ARDMS (RVT) OR CCI (RVS)-Required for Vascular
  • ARDCS or CCI (RCS) -Required for Echocardiograms
  • Registered or Registry eligible ARRT (R) if x-ray
  • Texas Board of Medical Examiners General Medical Radiologic Technologist GMRT if x-ray
  • Current CPR

Personal Job Related Skills

  • Proficient in use of diagnostic ultrasound equipment in performance of ultrasound procedures.
  • Effective oral and written communication skills.
  • Computer knowledge essential.
  • Good deductive reasoning skills/ problem solving skills
  • Ability to relate positively to the members of the community.

Experience

Prior Work Experience

  • Exemplary clinical education skills. One year experience as ARDMS registered sonographer preferred.
  • Proficient in general abdominal, obstetric, gynecologic, and small parts ultrasound.
  • Prior didactic and/or clinical training in Vascular or Cardiac US preferred or must be willing to train in Vascular/Cardiac

Technical Training

  • Proficient with a variety of ultrasound equipment especially Philips (HD15)
  • Proficient with PACS, EMR’s, teleradiology.
  • Ability to work with computers, (Windows OS)

Primary Responsibilities

  • Follows body substance isolation policies to include frequent hand washing and cleaning all patient contact surfaces after each patient.
  • Verifies orders for accurate patient, exam, diagnosis, and laterality.
  • Properly educates patients regarding procedure and all associated preparations.
  • Obtains images as required by protocol manual for each exam.
  • Modifies procedures according to patient age and pathology as appropriate.
  • Properly enters patient identification and exam information prior to study.
  • Prints or exports studies to PACS following each exam.
  • Maintains ultrasound equipment, gel warmer, and printer, reporting problems to supervisor.
  • Transports patients to and from department within 15 minutes of order when possible.
  • Properly performs patient immobilization and transfer when needed.
  • Consistently wears gloves on scanning hand.
  • Assists other providers, physicians, and departments in a professional manner.
  • Participates in call and holiday schedules to include evenings, nights, and weekends.
  • Permanently identifies studies prior to transmitting (tech initials).
  • Assists in scheduling exams, giving necessary prep information.
  • Assists in maintaining daily patient exam log.
  • Sends exams to HPRA and scans in associated consents, questionnaires, worksheets, and reports.
  • Follows procedures for burning CD’s for patient transfer or printing, checking out, returning, and maintaining log of all film transfers

Performs diagnostic ultrasound procedures on patients under radiologist supervision.

  • Abdominal
  • Renal
  • Aorta for AAA
  • Thyroid
  • Scrotum
  • Pelvic Non OB w/wo transvaginal
  • Pregnancy Less than 14 Weeks
  • Pregnancy Greater than 14 weeks (anatomy scan)
  • Pregnancy Greater than 14 weeks (growth scan)
  • Biophysical Profile
  • Neonatal skull
  • Soft Tissue Body
  • Musculoskeletal
  • Breast
  • Guidance for Biopsy Line Placement/thoracentesis
  • Hysterosonogram

(If Vascular) Performs Vascular Ultrasound Procedures on patients under radiologist supervision.

  • Carotid
  • ABI
  • Venous Lower/Upper Extremity
  • Arterial Lower/UpperExtremity
  • Arterial Renal
  • Arterial Aorta

(If Echo) Performs Echocardiogram Ultrasound Procedures on patients under radiologist/ cardiologist supervision.

  • Echocardiogram 2D/Color flow

Job Related Factors

  • Communicates positively and respectfully to audience (coworkers, patients, physicians, and others)
  • Performs required tasks without prompting and adjusts appropriately to situations.
  • Adheres to the attendance policy.
  • Follows District and Department Policies.
  • Attends required meetings and in-services
  • Participates in Hospital District Safety Program and QA Programs
  • Uses time and resources wisely.
  • Maintains HIPAA, keeping patient and hospital confidentiality
  • Maintains adequate supplies of items needed to perform job, orders, or reports low items to supervisor.
  • Practices proper phone etiquette, identifying self and department.
  • Reports adverse events regarding patients, guests, or self to supervisor immediately.

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