The Diagnostic Medical Sonographer demonstrates advanced knowledge and skills in the performance of OB/GYN and infertility ultrasounds, utilizing various transducers with ultrasound imaging equipment and Doppler technology. He/she reports directly to the Medical Director and should function in an independent fashion. He/she takes direction from the physician as it relates to specific patient care, needs, or concerns. This position works under the supervision of the Medical Director for all ultrasound procedures. He/she must be responsible, attentive to details and have a desire to develop professionally. He/she displays competency and knowledge in discerning normal and abnormal anatomy and physiology related to diagnostic imaging. He/she must have a high degree of clinical judgment and accuracy in scanning and be able to recognize pathology. He/she must be self-motivated to increase their level of understanding and knowledge in their field and with new procedures that evolve in the field of infertility.
- Current American Registered Diagnostic Medical Sonographer (ARDMS) certification.
- Current BCLS certification.
- Education which results in an ARDMS certification.
- Maintain active status through continuing education.
- Previous related OB/GYN experience required.
- Previous infertility experience preferred.
Skills: Must be well-organized with excellent communication skills. Must be able to effectively and safely operate ultrasound equipment. Must be able to evaluate ultrasounds to acquire appropriate diagnostic information. He/she must provide safe patient care and follow AIUM ultrasound protocols. He/she must display appropriate clinical judgment and problem-solving skills. Must prepare patient information and procedure results for interpretation by physician. Must have excellent customer service skills, demonstrate the ability to be an effective team member, and perform duties that are assigned or delegated to him/her in a timely manner. He/she must be able to communicate positively and professionally with all internal and external staff and customers.
- Perform clinical assessment and diagnostic OB/GYN/infertility ultrasound procedures utilizing various transducers.
- Perform ultrasound procedures during embryo transfers.
- Perform ultrasound Doppler procedures.
- Perform 3D ultrasound procedures.
- Utilize Tricare to import scans accurately and in a timely manner to patient EMR.
- Recognize cross-sectional anatomy as demonstrated. Differentiate normal/abnormal structures and provide an assessment concerning pathology viewed while scanning.
- Provide education to patient about procedures performed and communicate information as appropriate to patient as visualization of anatomy is seen on display screen.
- Address abnormal or concerning findings with physician in a timely manner.
- Communicate with physician, nurse practitioner, and/or nurse coordinator regarding ultrasound findings as noted, and records them in the patient EMR.
- Organize work schedule and coordinate efficient patient care flow between procedures.
- Responsible for appropriately marking super bill to charge patients for exams performed.
- Assure that all images and documentation is in the patient EMR in a timely and accurate manner.
- Clean equipment and exam beds between each patient use using a germicidal solution.
- Stock all patient examination rooms with adequate equipment and supplies.
- Re-order equipment and supplies as needed.
- As needed and at least once/week, clean all stationary equipment in room and replace linens.
- Participate in a team approach to patient care. Coordinate with other staff to assure appropriate and timely patient care is provided and patient needs are met.
- Address patient care issues with appropriate physician or team member to resolve issues in a timely manner.
- Report equipment issues to the supervisor/Practice Manager in a timely manner so equipment maintenance can be done.
- Provide training/in-service education to team members and other members of the healthcare team.
- Assist with quality improvement projects.
- Serve as a liaison with representatives and vendors for ultrasound related supplies and equipment.
- Participate in research as appropriate.
- Perform other duties as requested or assigned.
Material and Equipment Involved:
- Office equipment including: computers, fax machines, copiers, phones, pagers, etc.
- Daily use of surgical instrumentation and equipment
- Daily use of chemicals such as Formalin
- Medical Supplies, Equipment and Materials
Hazardous Exposure: Category 1: Involves an inherent potential for mucous membrane or skin contact with blood, body fluids or tissues or a potential for spills or splashes of them. (Appropriate protective measures are required for every employee engages in Category I tasks)
Medium-Heavy Work: Exerting 75 pounds of force occasionally, and/or up to 35 pounds of force frequently. Physical demand requirements are in excess of those for medium work.
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