Under general supervision of area attending physician, performs variety of duties related to obtaining two-dimensional cardiac images from patients through use of high frequency sound to obtain data for use in diagnosis and treatment of cardiac diseases and conditions. Sets up, adjusts and operates echocardiogram equipment. Responds to patients' needs as required. Maintains cleanliness of equipment and general working area, stocking clinical supplies. Ensures proper operation of area equipment. May provide instruction to medical students and residents. Provides care to patients in the form of diagnostic testing.
1. Under supervision, performs variety of duties related to obtaining two- dimensional cardiac images from patients through use of high frequency sound in order to treat cardiac diseases. Prepares patients and examination areas in accordance with departmental policies and procedures. Sets up, cleans and calibrates echocardiogram equipment. Observes safety precautions both for equipment maintenance and patient wellbeing. Provides patient orientation prior to examination session, briefly explaining test to patients and placing transducer on patients' chests using gel to form airtight seal.
2. Under supervision, performs echocardiogram diagnostic evaluation in accordance with established clinical protocols. Operates and adjusts equipment, observing safety guidelines. Obtains satisfactory digital images, editing pertinent material, for physician review. Responds to patients' needs during testing. Disconnects apparatus and cleans gel from patients' chests. Makes routine calculations and records all applicable examination results, completing all relevant medical documentation. May perform specialized diagnostic examinations as permitted by training.
3. Performs variety of duties relevant to maintaining area operations. Enters pertinent information into computer.
4. Provides related support functions as required. Schedules examinations; initiates transportation; answers telephones for area and record messages. Maintains clean work area and maintains full stock of applicable clinical supplies.
5. Ensures good working order of equipment. Troubleshoots routine equipment problems or seeks technical assistance for equipment malfunctions
6. Performs other related duties as assigned or required as professional technician. May assist with the training and orientation of residents from various departments and clinical students.
*-indicates duty is “essential” as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA
(HS/GED; specialized training; degree and discipline)
1. Job requires a minimum level of knowledge ordinarily acquired through completion of a high school education followed by a period of specific training in diagnostic echocardiography in order to gain basic knowledge of testing procedures, mathematics and written/verbal communication skills in order to effectively make calculations, perform tests and communicate with patients and clinicians. Some college education desirable in allied area or technical field.
Minimum Related Experience
(e.g. 1 year in research environment)
Prior work experience of six months is desired in order to gain operational familiarity with on-the-job administration of echocardiographic testing techniques or successful completion of clinical rotation to learn use of m-mode and two dimensional sector scanning techniques.
Good analytical skills necessary for gathering and interpreting quantitative data representing possible degrees of cardiac impairment. Although physicians screen tests and mitigate or eliminate potential for error, technician has to be able to recognize nature of patient physiological responses and be able to compile consistently accurate test results.
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