Ultrasonographer

Departments

  • Diagnostic Imaging

Work Hours

  • 75 Hours
  • Full Time

Categories

  • Patient Support Services

Job Summary

The Ultrasonographer performs abdominal, obstetrical, gynecological, small parts, general, vascular and cardiac ultrasound procedures on patients throughout the life span. He or she must be capable of performing  all procedures with a high degree of accuracy and efficiency.

Qualifications

  • Education:
  • Ultrasonographers must possess one (1) of the following:
    • Bachelor of Science Degree in Sonography or Vascular Technology or Bachelors Degree (any major) with 12 months full-time, documented clinical ultrasound/vascular experience.
    • Graduate of a 24 month program in Diagnostic Medical Sonography, Diagnostic Cardiac Sonography or Vascular Technology, accredited by an agency recognized by the Council of Higher Education Accreditation, United States Department of Education (USDOE) or Canadian Medical Association (CMA).
    • Associate of Science Degree in an allied health occupation (Respiratory Therapist, Occupational Therapist, Physical Therapist, and Registered Nurse) with 12 month full-time, documented clinical ultrasound/vascular experience.
    • Current Certification and Registry in Radiography or Radiation Therapy by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (AART) or in Nuclear Medicine Technology by the ARRT or Nuclear Medicine Technology Certification Board (NMTCB) with documented completion of the ARRT Clinical Experience Requirements in Sonography or Vascular Sonography.

Neither the Indiana Administrative Code nor the Indiana State Department of Health defines the qualifications, certification, registration, or licensure for an Ultrasonographer. However, professional credentialing organizations and professional societies do delineate such criteria.

  • Certification and Registry:
    • Certification and Registry by the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers (ARDMS) in any of the following: Abdomen, Obstetrics and Gynecology, and/or Vascular Technology OR
    • Certification and Registry by the ARRT in Sonography and/or Vascular Sonography OR
    • Registry eligible by either the ARDMS or AART in Sonography, Vascular Technology, or Vascular Sonography. Individuals who are Registry eligible must attain ARDMS or ARRT registry within one (1) year of employment.
    • Ultrasonographers registered in both Diagnostic Medical Sonography AND Vascular Technology [(RDMS)(RVT)] OR Vascular Sonography [R.T. (S)(VS)(AART)] is preferred.
    • BLS certification required
  • Licensure:
    • Ultrasonographers who only perform ultrasound procedures and have no other certifications, registries, or licensure in Radiologic Technology or any other allied health occupation, require no state licensure.
    • Ultrasonographers may only perform Radiography, Mammography, Computed Tomography, Nuclear Medicine, Positron Emission Tomography, Radiation Therapy, or the duties associated with any other allied health occupation with an appropriate licensed issued by the Indiana State Department of Health.
  • Training and Experience:
    • Ultrasonographers whom are certified and registered in other areas of Radiologic Technology (Radiography, Mammography, Computed Tomography, Nuclear Medicine, Diagnostic Medical Sonography, Vascular Technology, Sonography, Vascular Sonography or Radiation therapy) or in other allied health occupations must be capable of, and are expected to perform those procedures/duties within the scope of their education, training, licensure, and competency.

Essential Functions

  • Collect patient history, ensuring information is documented and available for use by a licensed independent practitioner.
  • Prepare the patient for procedures, providing instructions to obtain desired results, gain cooperation, and minimize anxiety.
  • Select and operate ultrasound equipment and associated devices to achieve desired results
  • Select appropriate anatomic program for the desired protocol.
  • Position patients to best demonstrate anatomic area of interest, respecting patient ability and comfort.
  • Immobilize patient as required for appropriate examination.
  • Evaluate images for technical quality and ensuring proper identification is recorded.
  • Responsible for assigned area and reporting of equipment malfunction; contact appropriate service vendor when having errors and/or issues with any equipment.
  • Responsible for physical and psychological needs of patients during procedures.
  • Maintain archival storage of digitized data.
  • Prepare, identify, and administer contrast media.
  • Obtain vital signs (pulse, respiration, and blood pressure).
  • Verify informed consent for, and assist a licensed independent practitioner with procedures including needle localization, aspirations, biopsies, and all other special procedures.
  • Provide patient education, and explain post-procedural instructions to patient and/or family.
  • Provide practical instruction for students and/or other health care professionals.
  • Participate in the department’s quality assessment and improvement plan.
  • Apply principles of patient safety during all procedures, including assisting/transporting patients.
  •  Responsible for control of inventory, care and control of specific ultrasound items.
  • Determine ultrasonic frequencies and appropriate transducers for the anatomic area of interest.
  • Provide assistance to office staff with scheduling of exams, answering the phones, and any other office work that is needed.
  • Make sure each room is clean before bringing a patient into the room; clean daily and keep supplies stocked in each exam room.
  • Order supplies when needed.
  • Complete all paperwork in (PACS,CPSI, etc.)
  • All paperwork is correct and complete when submitting a PACS or CPSI correction to a PACS superuser.
  • Supervise peers and/or students when applicable.
  • Check cidex daily and after each use. Document checks.
  • Check the eyewash station weekly and document results on the chart.

Status

  • Monday – Friday
  • 8:00 am – 4:00 pm
  • On Call