JOB SUMMARY: Under direct supervision, performs various echocardiographic tests and/or vascular ultrasound as assigned. Performs stress echocardiography as well as billing/clerical duties where assigned. The majority of tests are scheduled; emergent testing is occasionally required.
The following duties are intended to provide a representative summary of the major duties and responsibilities and ARE NOT intended to serve as a comprehensive list of all duties performed by all employees in this classification. Incumbent(s) may not be required to perform all duties listed and may be required to perform additional, position-specific duties. Level I employees perform work under close supervision, may only perform simple or routine aspects or the position, and generally require a good deal of instruction and/or training. Level III employees perform high level, complex, and responsible tasks within this position, train lower level employees, and generally work with minimum supervision and follow-up from their supervisor.
Echocardiography: Performs high quality, technically diagnostic echocardiograms including a qualitative and quantitative two dimensional, continuous, pulsed and color flow Doppler as well as M-mode examinations. Administers contrast as needed for better visualization of wall segments and performs bubble studies. Notifies the cardiologist of urgent conditions demonstrated on echo's performed. Obtains diagnostic wall motion information in a timely fashion (generally less than 90 seconds) on both stress and dobutamine echocardiography. Prepares the patient for transesophageal echocardiography, educates them about the procedure and be sufficiently skilled with the equipment to assist the cardiologist in obtaining a high quality study.
Vascular Ultrasound: Performs diagnostically adequate examinations of various arteries and veins. Locates and records internal elements of the body such as vessels, organs and tissues; and displays their position and function. Identifies any anomaly indicative of disease, injury, or other medically significant condition of the blood vessels from ultrasound imaging and simultaneous recordings of the Doppler.
Patient Education: Instructs patients in correct pretest preparation. Obtains signed consent for stress echocardiograms and transesophageal echocardiograms. Independently and thoroughly instructs patients on each test performed to assure compliance and to guarantee a good quality test.
Accommodates the patient's condition by variations of technical factors; extends standard test methods; changes conventional methods to produce diagnostically acceptable results; develops new or revised procedures using standard techniques; or refines existing procedures.
Completes preliminary reports and submits in a timely fashion. Sterilizes equipment as required and notify the clinical supervisor of any mechanical problems. Provides care and patient education needed as described in the assigned unit's policies and procedures.
Performs other duties as assigned or required.
KNOWLEDGE and SKILLS
MINIMUM EDUCATION QUALIFICATION
Two (2) year allied health education program. Progressively responsible professional/exempt work experience may be substituted on a year-for-year basis for allied health education.
MINIMUM EXPERIENCE QUALIFICATION
Echo Vascular Sonographer IV
Non-supervisory - Five (5) years of experience working in Echocardiography and/or Vascular Sonography.
Supervisory - None
MINIMUM CERTIFICATION QUALIFICATION
PREFERRED EDUCATION QUALIFICATION
PREFERRED EXPERIENCE QUALIFICATION
PREFERRED CERTIFICATION QUALIFICATION
The following demands are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job: