| POSITION SUMMARY: A Sonographer is a diagnostic ultrasound professional who is qualified by professional credentialing, academic, and clinical experience to provide diagnostic patient care services using ultrasound and related diagnostic procedures. The scope of practice of the diagnostic medical sonographer includes those procedures, acts, and processes permitted by law, for which the individual has received education and clinical experience. |
SPECIFIC DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
1. Reviews patient’s medical history and physician’s instructions. Prepares equipment for procedure. Selects appropriate equipment settings. Explains procedure to patient and records any medical history that may be relevant to the condition being viewed. Directs the patient to move into positions that will provide the best view.
2. Operates special equipment to direct nonionizing, high-frequency sound waves into areas of the patient’s body. The equipment collects reflected echoes and forms an image that may be videotaped, transmitted, or photographed for interpretation and diagnosis by a physician.
3. Views the screen during the scan, looking for visual cues that contrast healthy areas with unhealthy ones. Selects images to show to the physician for diagnostic purposes. Takes measurements, calculates values, and analyzes the results in preliminary reports for the physicians.
4. Keeps patient records and adjusts/maintains equipment.
5. Complies with safety, infection control, and quality improvement policies/procedures.
1. A Courteous and polite demeanor with patients and fellow employees.
2. Display dependability and initiative in job performance by being prompt in completing tasks and helping others as needed or when called upon to do so.
3. Must have strong communicative and interpersonal skills and be able to effectively handle stressful or difficult situations with patients.