Responsible for the performance of transthoracic echocardiograms (TTE), transesophageal echocardiograms (TEE) and exercise stress echocardiograms. The cardiac sonographer must identify and record anomalies indicative of disease and injury or other medically significant conditions from ultrasound imaging and Doppler recordings. Must be able to identify when the severity of the disease (i.e. severity of stenosis, appearance of aneurysms, pericardial effusions, and thrombus). Obtain a brief history and physical pertinent to exam to be performed, including but not limited to, blood pressures, auscultation of bruits, and pulse palpation. Capable of recognizing indications for further studies beyond established and standardized procedures. Perform routine transthoracic echocardiograms, transesophageal echocardiograms, exercise stress echocardiograms and limited echocardiograms. Advanced skill sets for echocardiogram exams include dobutamine stress echocardiograms, pericardiocentesis and intra-op TEE. Incumbent is expected to perform the full range of echocardiogram procedures listed above in order to provide results for assistance in a clinical diagnosis. The technologist should be able to start intravenous lines (IV's) and administer Definity when clinically indicated per Cardiology recommendation. Controls technical factors on ultrasound units which will affect time, gain, amplitude, velocity, and frequency attenuation, absorption, reflection scattering and refraction and diffraction. Collaborates with the medical staff to establish comprehensive integrated treatment plans which identify appropriate examination procedures and techniques. Advises the referring physician with a preliminary result of the exam. Ability to assist the cardiologist with procedures both in the Cath lab and/or inpatient rooms when requested. Collaborates with the lab medical director and supervisor to devise and maintain protocols and procedures applicable to performance of echocardiogram imaging exams with revisions according to industry standards. This position also includes the abilities to operate in a supervisory capacity when the manager is out. Other duties as assigned. Work Schedule: 8:00am to 4:30pm, Monday through Friday Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
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