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Cardiac Sonographer

Job Number: 63165
Categories: Clinical
Location: 5323 Harry Hines Blvd, Dallas, TX
Department: 867120 - Non Inv Cardio
Full/Part Time/PRN: Day Job
Regular/Temporary: Regular


This position is security-sensitive and subject to Texas Education Code 51.215, which authorizes UT Southwestern to obtain criminal history record information


Salary Negotiable

Experience and Education

Current ARDMS registry in Adult Echocardiography -or- Successful completion of an ultrasound or cardiovascular technology program which includes verified didactic & supervised clinical exp. in Echocardiography.

These programs should be accredited by either the commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) or the Candian Medical Association (CMA). New hires will be required to pass the ARDMS or CCI credentialing exam within one year of employment. BCLS certified required. One year of cardiovascular sonography experience preferred.

Job Duties

Facilitates patient throughout and enhances patient satisfaction with testing process. Checks computer for new orders and reviews physician's orders on patient's chart. Identifies patients via two methods. Explains procedure to be done. Protects patient's privacy. Notifies Transport in a timely fashion, if unavailable tech will transport patient.

Reviews patient chart to include patients history and clinical diagnosis. Recognizes significant clinical information and historical facts, which may affect the echo study, from patient interview and medical record.

Positions patient to optimize quality of test results. Utilizes appropriate transducers/equipment as required during performance of procedure. Watches the patient for signs or symptoms of possible complications and/or other intolerances. Promptly notifies nurse/physician of changes in patient status.

Records all measurements. Does mathematical calculations accurately; calculates mathematical and algebraic functions. Enters correct patient information.

Demonstrates the ability to accurately perform ultrasound procedures including but not limited to Cardiac Doppler, Color Flow Doppler, Two Dimensional Echo, Tran esophageal Echo, pharmacological echo studies, stress echo. Learns new modalities as they become available.

Provides best image quality within the limitations imposed by available resources. Delineates normal and abnormal anatomic structures, physiology and hemodynamics. Recognizes examination findings that may require immediate clinical response and notifies the interpreting physician or other appropriate physician.

Archives and retrieves studies. Provides proper care and use of digital echo system, including all transducers and probes, according to manufacturers suggestions. Checks bi-weekly to ensure that all studies have been read and finalized, notifying the reading cardiologist and the Medical Director of Non-Invasive Cardiology of delinquent reports. Troubleshoots minor problems and contacts appropriate HIS coordinator for system problems.

Logs all procedures for charging purposes, and ensures that the Cardiology Office receives log prior to the end of the day.

Assumes accountability for all actions in the workplace. Reports errors promptly and takes appropriate follow-up action to rectify the error.

Effective patient/family advocate. Responds to patient's and/or patients family's complaints in an appropriate and effective manner. Reports complaints to the Manager or their designee in a timely manner. Utilizes the chain of command appropriately to to resolve patient, operational, or personal work related problems.

Works cooperatively with all staff and supports staff new to the environment. Participates in performance improvement activities as directed. Attends at least 80% of scheduled staff meetings and attends 100% of mandatory educational sessions.

Performs other duties as assigned.

UTSouthwestern Medical Center is committed to an educational and working environment that provides equal opportunity to all members of the University community. In accordance with federal and state law, the University prohibits unlawful discrimination, including harassment, on the basis of: race; color; religion; national origin; sex; including sexual harassment; age; disability; genetic information; citizenship status; and protected veteran status. In addition, it is UTSouthwestern policy to prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression.

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