The Cardiac Sonographer performs basic to advanced cardiac ultrasound services and procedures for adult patients such as transthoracic, transesophageal and stress. They must be familiar with approved clinical protocols for each type of cardiovascular ultrasound examination he or she performs, the sonographer also must be able to analyze the patient's clinical history fully, in order to identify the purpose of the examination, frame the clinical question that the examination is intended to answer, and expand the examination as necessary to answer the clinical question.
The essential functions of the Cardiac Sonographer include the following:
Perform advanced cardiac ultrasound procedures utilizing a variety of equipment and techniques and makes the necessary measurements required for the interpretation to obtain accurate, high quality results. Identifies and defines cardiac abnormalities and extends the scope of the examination appropriately, deviating from standard techniques when necessary and correlating invasive and noninvasive cardiac diagnostic test results with cardiac anatomy and function
May assist physicians in the procedure rooms and operating rooms by performing echocardiograph studies to aid them in proceeding with complex procedures to decrease risk factors. Assists in performing transesophageal studies with cardiologist, calculating appropriate measurements and sterilizes probe.
Prepare patients for procedures and obtains clinical history from the patient including cardiac related physical findings and pertinent laboratory data in order to adapt the imaging techniques to obtain comprehensive and diagnostic echocardiograms to alleviate the probability of erroneous clinical interpretation of the echocardiogram.
Record statistics and performs daily maintenance of the Echocardiography Lab and its equipment, reporting all malfunctions as appropriate.
Act as a resource to other staff, physicians and students regarding equipment, techniques, procedures and studies to optimize patient care. Work closely with cardiac sonographer quality coordinator to ensure quality processes and protocols are adhered to and assists with ICAEL accreditation activities as delegated. Implement protocols as new technology evolves, and ensures system echocardiography standards are implemented and adhered to.
The ideal Cardiac Sonographer candidate will have the ability to interact and communicate effectively - both orally and in writing -with healthcare providers, including other sonographers, physicians, and nurses.
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