This is a hybrid position where the incumbent performs both General Diagnostic Radiological exams and Sonography (S) imaging technologist functions. Technologist in this position performs the technical aspect of general diagnostic radiology 50% of the time and Sonography (S) 50% of the time. The incumbent in this position functions as a member of a highly specialized, highly autonomous team responsible for the day to day processes and activities that impact the Ultrasound and General Diagnostic area. The incumbent in this position functions with a high degree of independence, using Imaging policies, protocols, procedures and general guidance to meet workload requirements and demands. Candidate must be ARDMS certified in Sonography, and ARRT certified in Radiology. DUTIES: Advises radiologists or referring physician of significant abnormalities that would require their immediate attention and visualization while the patient is undergoing examination. Performs ultrasound examinations in various ultrasound modalities to include but not limited to the: abdomen, neck, chest, extremities, retroperitoneal space, and pelvis, for the purpose of acquiring high quality examinations that assist in the diagnosis and treatment of patient medical disorders. Performs some Vascular Studies for the purpose of acquiring high quality examinations that assist in the diagnosis and treatment of patient medical disorders. Performs Ankle Brachial Index measurements (or ABIs). Participates in the training of residents, medical students, and ultrasound technology students so that these individuals may acquire an understanding of the principles of ultrasound and how it relates to other diagnostic exams. Performs routine clerical procedures for the purpose of maintaining accurate ultrasound records so that easy recall of patient examinations may be achieved. This requires maintaining a diagnostic log, patient schedule log, and procedure log, editing and when necessary registering patients in the Radiology Information System (RIS) Possesses a working knowledge of sterile technique in the performance of using ultrasound to guide invasive and diagnostic tissue sampling and fluid drainages. Develops and maintains patient prep procedures so that patients and wards understand the proper preparations for ultrasound examinations in an effort to minimize delays of examinations. These preps are disseminated either by written preparation information or by telephone conversation. Explains examinations to be performed to the patients so that an understanding of the purpose of the study as well as any requirements of the patients is thoroughly understood. This is done so that an adequate ultrasound study may be obtained in an effort to get diagnostic examinations for the purpose of treatment and diagnosis of disorders. Distributes ultrasound examinations and related information to the radiologist responsible for the interpretation of the exams. This is done so that treatment based on diagnosis may be effectuated in a timely manner. - Assists quality assurance technologists in performing quality assurance testing on the ultrasound unit using phantoms, test tools, test check lists, etc. for the purpose of assuring peak performance of the ultrasound equipment. Maintains records of the quality assurance testing so that easy reference is available should servicing be necessary: (weekly basis) Develop protocols and update policies and procedure manuals as well as instruct or teach new ultrasonographers and medical students of correct methodology of diagnostic ultrasound procedures. Reviews medical record for pertinent lab values. Takes a clinical history from the patient. Performs bone density exams. Performs technical work in support of diagnostic radiology under the direction of a physician Operates radiology equipment as part of the diagnostic plan for patients. Interprets requests or instructions from radiologist or medical officers. Verifies completed Imaging study(s) have crossed over to the PACS system by viewing images and initialing the presentation state in PACS, inputs exam info/verification/contrast notes in PACS, and case edits the exam(s) in VISTA to complete the study(s) for dictation Performs procedures such as cholecystograms, cholangiograms, G.I. series, and barium and air contrast barium enemas. All other duties as assigned. Work Schedule: 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday to Friday Telework: Not available Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Position Title/Functional Statement #:Ultrasound/Diagnostic Radiologic Technologist/PD000000 Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
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