The sonographer is regarded as the expert source of all ultrasound imaging, and the interpreting radiologist relies heavily on the skills, knowledge, and abilities of the sonographers in providing a final interpretation. All imaging technologists must be knowledgeable in the application and usage of Digital Radiography, Computerized Radiography (CR), Electronic Health Records (EHR), and Picture Archiving and Communications Systems (PACS). The Diagnostic Radiologic Technologist (Ultrasound): Independently performs complex ultrasound examinations. Schedules patients for examinations. Evaluates the nature of critical and emergency procedures, and rearranges patients scheduled to accommodate them. Advises radiologists or referring physician of significant abnormalities that would require their immediate attention and visualization while the patient is undergoing examination. Performs ultrasound examinations including but not limited to the abdomen, neck, chest and extremities, retroperitoneal space, pelvis, OB, and Vascular studies for the purpose of acquiring high quality examinations that assist in the diagnosis and treatment of patient medical disorders. Performs routine clerical procedures as necessary to include calling patients the day prior to remind them of their appointments and describe any exam prep required. Makes multiple simultaneous settings and adjustments in operation of equipment to insure accurate results. Based on radiologic findings, determines necessary ultrasound procedures to yield definitive diagnostic findings. Reviews new developments in the field and recommends to supervisor those that would improve the operation of the section. Maintains adequate supplies so that examinations are not delayed due to the lack of necessary equipment and supplies. Explains examinations to be performed to the patients so that an understanding of the purpose of the study as well as any requirements of the patients are thoroughly understood. This is done so that an adequate ultrasound study may be obtained to assure treatment and diagnosis of disorders. Reviews related information found in the patient's electronic medical record to correlate lab and x-ray for the radiologist. Provides and sends ultrasound images and related information to the radiologist responsible for the interpretation of the exams. Assures that preventative maintenance and any required QA is completed for their respective equipment in a timely manner. Performs routine housekeeping duties to assure that the ultrasound area is clean and sanitary. Follows Standard procedure for disinfection of the transducers as required. Maintains awareness of and practice the safety policies/procedures of the medical center and participates in quality assurance activities as directed. Work Schedule: 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM. Compressed work schedule may be authorized. Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
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