The Cardiac Sonographer is responsible for the independent operation and upkeep of the ultrasound equipment, maintaining appropriate credentials, and for performing and communicating the results of the echocardiographic diagnostic exams and vascular ultrasound exams via a report. Responsible for the daily operation of the echo lab assigned, patient schedule, equipment maintenance, the report of equipment failures and a quality assessment.
- Use of non-invasive procedures to examine heart valves, chambers and blood vessels during echocardiograms and arteries and veins during vascular ultrasound studies.
- Perform imaging evaluations which may include stress tests
- Obtains patient history, explains procedures to patient, addresses patient concerns, and follows established pre-screening policy and procedure.
- Determines appropriate methodology and techniques to use; arranges immobilization and/or support devices for proper patient positioning; selects appropriate imaging device.
- Prepares patient for echocardiography/ ultrasound procedures, positions patient as appropriate for prescribed procedure and assists patients at completion of procedure.
- Uses good judgment when determining if the procedure was sufficient for proper diagnoses, or if additional imaging procedures are needed.
- Provides images, data analysis, preliminary reports and patient information to the physician for diagnostic interpretation.
- Prepares facilities in accordance with procedural requirements; calibrates equipment as required by the institution.
- Monitors the patient’s physical condition during the course of the procedure; reports patient change of status or emergency situations to clinical staff, supervisor and/or cardiologist.
- Recognizes abnormal rhythms and immediately notifies physicians or appropriate clinical staff.
- Maintains accurate patient documentation, including computerized documentation.
- Performs general office duties: maintains stock supplies, assists administrators in determining quantities for purchase, records procedure codes for billing purposes and scheduling patients.
- Ensures proper care in the use and maintenance of equipment and supplies; promotes continuous improvement of workplace safety and environmental practices.
- Troubleshoots equipment and document errors or equipment malfunctions; escalates issues and concerns to supervisor and/or cardiologist.