The Ultrasound Technologist will perform a wide range of ultrasound exams, such as general ultrasound, breast, OB/GYN, vascular, and other ultrasound exams on incoming patients. The person in this position responds to patient questions and concerns regarding exam procedures and processes, while maintaining appropriate confidentiality regarding personal health information, including but not limited to, patient diagnosis, health history, demographics, and referral information. This person is responsible for all paperwork associated with technical procedures and responds to physician questions and needs regarding patient procedures. Some technologists may work under the direct medical supervision of a physician during certain procedures.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
Performs all ultrasound procedures in strict accordance with currently approved practices as outlined in department policy and procedure manuals, complying with all applicable federal, state, local and other regulatory requirements.
Assists radiologists with ultrasound-guided biopsies and procedures if needed.
Communicates to the patient the nature of the procedure and answers questions clarifying the procedure for the patient.
Assures patients rights and privacy are maintained.
Responsible for proper documentation and maintenance of all required department records.
Performs all quality control testing as required.
Assists in the transporting of patients.
Makes suggestions to improve work methods.
Provides orientation and training to new sonographers as directed.
Performs other related duties incidental to the work therein.
Produces high quality diagnostic images in a timely manner while providing excellent patient care.
Treats patients and customers, including family members or care providers that may accompany the patient, with courtesy, professionalism and respect.
Monitors patients' well-being during exam; recognizes patient discomfort or medical problems and takes appropriate action.
Understands the methods used to generate ultrasound data and the theory and operation of the instruments that detect, display, and store the acoustic information generated in clinical examinations.
Understands the potential bio-effects associated with ultrasound exposure.
Checks patient history, and obtains appropriate signed waivers, if necessary.
Consults with radiologist when necessary to determine appropriate scanning procedure.
Completes all paperwork and exam reports associated with technical procedures.
Responds to physician questions and needs regarding patient procedures.
Checks referral for appropriate study based on patient history.
Keeps ultrasound exam rooms and dressing booths clean and properly stocked with supplies.
Assures room is ready prior to the patient entering the room (i.e. equipment is operable, all supplies are readily available, and has been appropriately cleaned and prepped).
Handles delicate situations (fetal demise, cancerous pathology, etc.) in a supportive and empathetic manner ("good bedside manner"), while maintaining appropriate confidentiality regarding exam outcomes or potential issues.
Keeps patient schedule and accommodates add-on patients when requested.
Communicates delays or changes in the schedule to the appropriate person(s).
Exercises sound judgment regarding image quality; seeks guidance from radiologist if concerned about what scan reveals and obtains prior approval before doing additional scans/views in order to better diagnose the patient's possible pathology.
Releases patient with proper follow-up information.
Monitors patient library and print films and burns CDs as needed.
Guides patients through a sometimes difficult process by kindly talking them through the steps and answering their questions and concerns regarding exam procedures and processes.
Participates in projects and completes other tasks as assigned by management.
PLEASE NOTE: This is not an exhaustive list of all duties, responsibilities, and requirements of the position described above. Other functions may be assigned and Management retains the right to add or change duties at any time.
Minimum Qualifications, Education, and Experience
Must have current ARRT(S), ARDMS certifications or ARDMS Registry Eligible.
Requires a high school diploma or GED.
CPR certification required.
Maintain license, continuing education, and experience in accordance with state, federal, and regulatory agencies' rules and regulations.
Ability to relate to the public in a professional and courteous manner, understanding the objectives of the organization, regardless of racial, ethnic, religion, sexual orientation, gender, mental/physical health, age, economic status, etc.
Familiarity with and ability to use specialized equipment.
Ability to respond to emergency situations in a calm and appropriate fashion.
Possesses and utilizes excellent customer service skills, strong written and verbal communications skills, and other medical related skills/knowledge.
Must be detail-oriented, highly organized, and able to interact effectively with doctors, patients, vendors, peers, staff and management.
The above knowledge, skills and abilities may be demonstrated by successful completion of an accredited ultrasound program; state and federal licenses (as applicable), and appropriate registrations and/or certifications.
Communicates, cooperates, and consistently functions professionally and harmoniously with all levels of supervision, co-workers, patients, visitors, and vendors.
Maintains CEUs and licensing as needed in order to maintain a high level of skill in technical capabilities.
Follows OSHA regulations, RadNet and site protocols, policies, and procedures.
Follows HIPAA, compliance, privacy, safety, and confidentiality standards at all times.
Practices universal safety precautions.
Promotes good public relations on the phone and in person.
Adapts and is willing to learn new tasks, methods, and systems.
This position often requires sitting, standing, walking, bending, twisting reaching with hands and arms, using hands and fingers, handling, speaking, listening, and cognitive thinking. Also, must be able to lift over 50 pounds, occasionally. All employees are to assist and participate as members of a lift assistance team (for special accommodation patients or any patient requiring assistance onto a table or equipment placement) to initiate or complete an exam or procedure.
Technologists work in an outpatient medical office setting with low to moderate noise level.
FLSA Status: Non-Exempt