Job Title : Sonographer
The Sonographer is responsible for providing diagnostic medical sonography services. S / He serves a part as of the Branch Unit’s Diagnostic Imaging team and provides clinically relevant information to assist with the diagnosis and treatment of patients.
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
Assist and support the daily operation of the Branch’s Sonography Unit for optimal efficiency; work with the appropriate staff to ensure quality patient care
Provide patient services consistent with the Scope of Practice and Clinical Standards for the Diagnostic Sonographer
Adhere to accepted professional and ethical standards
Document Management and Reporting :
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
Ensure that the sonography examination results meet the facility standards for Quality Assurance before findings are released for interpretation
Maintain and accurately update reports, patient database records and logs
Efficiently operate Image Archiving and Communication Systems Miscellaneous :
Supervise assistant practitioners, students and relevant personnel; delivering appropriate training when required
Perform quality control procedures to ensure that the ultrasound equipment operates at optimal levels; recommend and escalate requests for regular preventive maintenance program for ultrasound equipment
Establish and maintain collaborative working relationships with co-workers, administrators and members with co-workers, administrators and members of other Branch Imaging Unit teams
Participate in self-development activities and company-organized training sessions to improve and reinforce job knowledge and skills
May stand-in as a Unit Head in the absence of the Chief Radiographer / Sonographer
Performs any other duties as assigned by the Chief Radiographer, Medical Officer (Sonologist) Consultant Radiologist or Head of Department.
Education, Qualifications & Experience Education
A good first degree (B.Sc.) in Medical Radiography / Radiological Sciences Post Graduate Studies Relevant post-graduate certification in Medical Ultrasound Previous Experience Minimum 2 years’ post-qualification experience.
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