Diagnostic Medical Sonographer (ARDMS/ARRT)
Includes, but not limited to: Angiography Technologists; Breast Sonographer; Registered Diagnostic Cardiac Sonographer; Registered Diagnostic Medical Sonographer; Registered Vascular Technologist; Registered Musculoskeletal Sonographer
- Degree: Certificate.
- Education: Graduate from an academic program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP).
- Certification: Certified by the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS) in the specialty identified.
- Experience: One year of experience as a sonographer in the specialty area
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- Correlate the patient's clinical history with the requested examination to be performed and obtain the results from previous pertinent diagnostic tests to correlate with the ultrasound study.
- Consult with staff physicians from a variety of specialties such as obstetrics, gynecology, cardiology and surgery regarding the patient's pertinent past medical history, preliminary diagnosis, and condition so it correlates with the ultrasound examination.
- Recognize normal anatomic variants. Also, recognize anatomic changes created by medical and surgical procedures.
- Document arrival, departure, and completed tests as required by MTF policy. Send appropriate image series to the radiologist for reading according to MTF protocol.
- Perform system warm ups, calibrations and quality control tasks according to manufacturer and MTF policy. Recognize artifacts and equipment errors and notify designated Government personnel of outlying values.
- Explain process to patient, and instructs and assists patient in assuming physical position for examination.
- Assist in the compiling and archiving of records for procedures performed
- Observe and report to the radiologist any symptoms which have direct bearing on the patient's condition as a result of adverse reaction to contrast media and inform the radiologist of any condition requiring his/her attention. Recognize the need for and initiate emergency measures for critical situations such as respiratory or cardiac arrest.
- Identify abnormalities during testing and determine need for additional scans of affected area.
- Perform a full range of diagnostic ultrasonic examinations as appropriate to the discipline specified in the TO.