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Under the direct supervision of the supervisor/manager and a physician in the department, who is responsible for the use and interpretation of ultrasound procedures, the Senior Sonogrpaher conducts sonographic procedures on assigned patients through the use of ultrasound diagnostic equipment. Performs vascular studies, including peripheral vascular, abdominal and carotid duplex scans as requested. Does not supplant the physician in the sphere of decision making required to establish a diagnosis, but will assist in gathering sonographic and other medical data necessary to reach a medical diagnosis and decision.
· Documents observations made during the procedure for final interpretation by the physician or other qualified medical professional; obtains pertinent diagnostic images for record documentation when presenting cases
· Ensures that ultrasound equipment & accessories are maintained and functioning. Reports problems to Lead Sonographer and Supervisor.
· Explains examination process to the patient and instructs and assists patient throughout the procedure.
· Operates diagnostic ultrasound equipment and presents completed sonograms to physician.
· Participates in research cases.
· Performs a variety of sonographic procedures utilizing ultrasonic high frequency sound waves to detect pathology.
· Performs appropriate infection prevention techniques including Trophon. Performs proper probe handling & cleaning according to policy.
· Performs basic gray scale and Doppler scans within allotted time frames and exams consistently show understanding and demonstration of proper scanning technique.
· Reviews patient medical history in chart information system and reviews prior exams for comparison. Utilizes ancillary equipment appropriately (RIS, PACS, EMR).
· Completes exam within required timeframe
Equal Opportunity Employer Stanford Health Care (SHC) strongly values diversity and is committed to equal opportunity and non-discrimination in all of its policies and practices, including the area of employment. Accordingly, SHC does not discriminate against any person on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation or gender identity and/or expression, religion, age, national or ethnic origin, political beliefs, marital status, medical condition, genetic information, veteran status, or disability, or the perception of any of the above. People of all genders, members of all racial and ethnic groups, people with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply. Qualified applicants with criminal convictions will be considered after an individualized assessment of the conviction and the job requirements.
Any combination of education and experience that would likely provide the required knowledge, skills and abilities as well as possession of any required licenses or certifications is qualifying.
Requirement met by License/Certification Requiremen
One (1) year of progressively responsible and directly related work experience required. Perfers four (4) years or more
Certification by the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers (ARDMS)
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
· Ability to apply judgment and make informed decisions
· Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing
· Ability to establish and maintain effective relationships with widely diverse groups, including individuals at all levels both within and outside the organization and gain their cooperation
· Ability to follow written and oral instructions
· Ability to interpret physician instructions and patient medical and clinical records to determine type of ultrasonic procedure/test to be performed
· Ability to perform general abdominal, small parts, OB-GYN and vascular sonography on varied patient population
· Ability to work effectively as a team player
· Knowledge of anatomy, physiology and congenital/acquired pathology as they relate to the use and interpretation of ultrasound diagnostic procedures
· Knowledge of computer systems and software used in functional area
· Knowledge of principles of the PACS network and/or other electronic image processing and image development systems
· Knowledge of principles of ultrasound physics, and the propagation of ultrasound through tissues
· Knowledge of safety principles and procedures related to ultrasound procedures and equipment
· Knowledge of ultrasound diagnostic procedures and equipment/instrumentation