Job Title : Sonologist (Medical Officer)
The Sonologist supports the operations of the Hospital’s Radiology Services Department by providing professional diagnostic sonography services.
The Sonologist also serves as Lead of the Sonology Team while on duty and is responsible for the oversight and coordination of the daily operations and training development of the Sonography Unit’s staff.
Ensure that all sonography examination results meet the facility standards for Quality
Establish and maintain collaborative working relationships with co-workers, administrators and members with co-workers, administrators and members of other Branch Imaging Unit teams.
Provide patient services consistent with the Scope of Practice and Clinical Standards for a Diagnostic Sonologist / sonographer;
adhere to all accepted professional and ethical standards.
Document Management and Reporting :
Maintain and accurately update reports, patient database records and logs.
Efficiently operate Image Archiving and Communication Systems.
Administration / People Management :
Exercise responsibility for the day-to-day operation of sonography services within the Branch.
Provide direct supervision and input for the assessment & evaluation of Branch Sonography Unit staff.
Ensure staff compliance with clinical and operational protocols, policies, and procedures.
Ensure that sonographers have timely access to supplies and logistical support.
Assist the Head, Radiology Services Department with the orientation and training of new Unit staff.
Assist with the guidance of departmental workflow & workload scheduling.
Assist with developing new approaches for patient care services.
Quality Assessment / Quality Improvement :
Ensure that the sonography examination results meet the facility standard for Quality Assurance before findings are released for interpretation.
Provide oversight for the assessment of sonography examinations performed within the Hospital’s Sonography Unit for technical and image quality and accuracy.
Function as the clinical, technical leader / expert in sonography imaging within the Branch’s Unit.
Assist in carrying out Quality Assurance protocols and Quality Improvement measures within the Branch Sonography Unit.
Assist with the pursuit and maintenance of cutting edge technical and clinical updates.
Main Duties and Responsibilities
Prepare exam room and ultrasound equipment to conduct sonography examinations in accordance with the Hospital’s Standard Operating Procedures and patient safety protocols, policies and procedures.
Review patient medical history and supporting clinical information.
Ensure that the sonography examination order is complete, contains relevant information and meets the standard of medical necessity .
Prepare and safely position patients, using proper patient positioning tools, devices, equipment adjustment and ergonomically correct scanning techniques to ensure patient comfort and safety in order to get the most accurate images and prevent compromised data acquisition and musculoskeletal injury to the sonographer.
Assume responsibility for the safety of the patient during the sonographic examination.
Evaluate any contraindications, insufficient patient preparation and / or inability or unwillingness to tolerate the examination and associated procedures;
provide support and reassurance to patients, communicating with the patient in a manner appropriate to the patient’s ability to understand.
Conduct diagnostic medical sonography examinations as ordered by the supervising physician in accordance with professional and facility protocols.
Apply independent, professional, ethical judgment, and critical thinking to safely perform diagnostic sonography procedures and ensure that appropriate anatomical, pathological and clinical conditions are accurately captured in the examination images.
Acquire additional ultrasound imaging to facilitate optimum diagnostic results for the interpreting physician as required.
Review examination images & results, report preliminary findings; identify and document any limitations to the sonography examination.
Document and report any incidental findings that might impact patient safety or care to the interpreting physician.
Education, Qualifications & Experience
MBBS from a recognized institution, with relevant academic or professional certifications in Medical (Diagnostic) Sonography or related field(s).
Post Graduate Studies Relevant post-graduate certification would be an added advantage.
Previous Experience :
Minimum of 3 years’ post-qualification experience in any / all specialty area(s) to be performed, plus extensive clinical experience in providing sonography services and a demonstrated ability to mentor and support staff sonographers.
Personal Attributes & Physical Demands :
Patient and Reliable
Demonstrate commitment to professional growth and lifelong learning (e.g., continuing medical education in the specialty area(s) performed, higher education, research, staff training, etc.).
Able to multi-task; capable of handling several issues at the same time to deliver results and meet desired deadlines