The Lead Echocardiography Technician is assigned to Cardiology Section and has knowledge of thoracic anatomy and physiology. Performs assigned duties of significant scope, complexity, and variety. Identifies and records anomalies indicative of disease, injury, or other medically significant condition from ultrasound imaging and simultaneous recordings of the Doppler. Incorporates the causes and results of a variety of symptoms and conditions into a plan of ultrasonic diagnostic examination. Perform diagnostic cardiac ultrasound; the employee will use M-mode and two-dimensional ultrasound to image the pericardium, cardiac walls, chambers, septum, and valves. Knowledge of the physics of ultrasound and of the technology behind the echocardiographic instrumentation. In charge of all cardiac, and EKG The incumbent will have the ability to perform diagnostic cardiac ultrasound: the employee will use M-mode and two-dimensional ultrasound to image the pericardium, cardiac walls, chambers, septum, and valves. Knowledge of the physics of ultrasound and of the technology behind the echocardiographic instrumentation. Knowledge of cardiac anatomy and pathophysiology, and knowledge of the limitations imposed by the physics and the equipment. Knowledge of cardiac cross-sectional anatomy to be able to identify intracardiac structures in order to select the correct transducer and gain settings to minimize artifact on acquisition, in addition to recognizing subtle equipment malfunctions. Will use Doppler ultrasound to identify and characterize intracardiac blood flow patterns in performing diagnostic cardiac ultrasound and stress echo's. May perform contrast diagnostic ultrasound, bubble studies, and pharmacological stress echocardiography in the future. Will be proficient in operating a diagnostic ultrasound machine to perform a complete echocardiogram study by obtaining and recording two and three-dimensional ultrasound pictures, m-mode, pulsed, continuous wave and color Doppler, and Tissue Doppler imaging (TDI). Will follow the standard format developed by the American Society of Echocardiography. Responsible for specific measurements and calculations that will be included in the echocardiogram test report (e.g. stenotic valve area, pressure gradient). Under minimal to no supervision. Knowledge of the more complex examination, treatment procedures, and techniques which include transthoracic echo with bubble study, and contrast transthoracic echo studies. Responsible for setting up, performing, and analyzing data for stress echo's. Will keep abreast of technical developments and evolving applications in the field of echocardiography. Possess the knowledge of cardiovascular response to incremental increased exercise, cardiac arrhythmias induced by exercise, and indications for the cessation of exercise testing due to life-threatening symptoms, cardiac arrhythmias or blood pressure changes. The incumbent will be responsible for training cardiology fellows, students, and other technicians in echocardiographic techniques so that individuals may acquire an understanding of the principles of ultrasound, and be able to obtain standard views, and be able to understand echocardiographic interpretation. The incumbent will be proficient in operating a diagnostic ultrasound machine to obtain quality images to be recorded on digital capture device for cardiologist review. The employee may be able to assist the Cardiologist by performing image optimization during TEE in the future. The incumbent will prepare a preliminary diagnostic report for each echocardiogram done for review by the cardiologist using Xcelera and Cardiology Picture Archiving and Communication System (PACS). The incumbent will utilize computer skills to document patient notes and other service work including necessary reports. Work Schedule: M-F 0800 - 1630Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
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