The Medical Instrument Technician - Echocardiography (MIT-Echo) performs diagnostic cardiac ultrasound examinations in both inpatient and outpatient settings through all areas of the Portland VA Health Care System. Recruitment/Relocation Incentives available for highly qualified applicants. The MIT-Echo performs all duties related to the support of echocardiography services in the facility. This includes a full range of complex cardiac ultrasound procedures including special procedures and complicated examinations for which there are no standard instructions or procedures. The MIT-Echo independently performs diagnostic cardiac ultrasound examinations in both inpatient and outpatient settings throughout all areas of the Portland VA Health Care System. Diagnostic ultrasound scans are performed in a technically acceptable manner based on established protocols and procedures. Duties include but are not limited to the following: Ensures procedures are accomplished within the established time frames and are coordinated with the other sections of the hospital. Provides scheduling for both inpatients and outpatients and ensures that patients requiring emergent or critical procedures are triaged appropriately Ensures procedures performed are appropriate and necessary based upon the information provided. Confers with experienced technicians regarding special requests, unusual findings, or imaging difficulties and informs experienced technicians of any significant findings that need urgent evaluation. Explains the purpose and methodology of the procedures in a manner that the patient will understand. Independently positions the patient in accordance to any patient limitations and obtains diagnostic ultrasound images of the heart and all required measurements. Performs specialized cardiac ultrasound examinations including but not limited to transthoracic echo, stress echo, transesophageal echo, contrast echo and agitated saline bubble echocardiograms. Performs routine and non-routine dimensional and Doppler measurements from digitized images per established protocol and industry standards. Proficient with common computer programs and specialized cardiac ultrasound exam analyzing systems to prepare study for report and generation and interpretation. Maintains procedure and patient records following strict guidelines regarding confidentiality. Responsible for proper scanning equipment calibration, operational techniques and routine maintenance. Responsible for proper calibration, operational techniques and routine maintenance of all peripheral accessories used in conjunction of the ultrasound examination. Orients and instructs new technicians and cardiology fellows, in proper calibration, maintenance and operational techniques of all ultrasound equipment and related accessories. Responsible for keeping all equipment and rooms clean following strict environmental guidelines. Maintains continuing education and stays current in the latest ultrasound technology. Work Schedule: Four shifts of 0600-1630 between Monday-Friday Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
Providing Health Care for Veterans: The Veterans Health Administration is America’s largest integrated health care system, providing care at 1,255 health care facilities, including 170 medical centers and 1,074 outpatient sites of care of varying complexity (VHA outpatient clinics), serving 9 million enrolled Veterans each year.