An Ultrasound Technician works directly with patients and Physicians and operates equipment that uses high-frequency soundwaves to take images and scans of the body's internal organs. An Ultrasound Technician is also known as a Diagnostic Medical Sonographer or as a Sonographer.
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Ultrasound Technician Job Description Template
We are looking for a compassionate and skilled Ultrasound Technician to be responsible for operating sonographic scanners to capture images of patients' internal organs and expectant mothers' developing fetuses. The Ultrasound Technician may specialize or work in a broad array of specialties including obstetric and gynecological ultrasounds, and neurological, breast, heart, or abdominal sonography. You may also assist Radiologists with vascular ultrasound procedure and ultrasound-guided biopsies.
To be a successful Ultrasound Technician, you should have excellent patient service and technical skills, as well as a strong working knowledge of anatomy and pathology. You should have strong problem-solving, decision-making, and time management skills.
Ultrasound Technician Responsibilities:
- Explaining the ultrasound procedure to patients, answering their questions, and providing support.
- Spreading the ultrasound gel on the surface of patients' bodies over the internal area to be imaged.
- Programming and adjusting the scanner for the specific procedure and ensuring the transducer captures images from every angle or section as needed.
- Deciding which still images, or sonograms, to capture and present to the Physician for diagnostic purposes.
- Evaluating the images for quality and interpreting the images to assist the Physicians in diagnosing and treating diseases.
- Presenting the images and your preliminary findings to the Physicians.
- Maintaining patients' records and medical notes on the ultrasound procedure they have undergone.
- Maintaining the ultrasound equipment and sterilizing the procedure rooms.
- Assisting Radiologists with vascular ultrasound procedures and ultrasound-guided biopsies.
Ultrasound Technician Requirements:
- An Associate's or Bachelor's degree in Sonography.
- An industry certification to practice may be advantageous.
- The ability to remain focused in a fast-paced environment.
- Physical stamina to lift heavy equipment and remain on your feet for long shifts.
- The flexibility to work long shifts, including nights, weekends, and holidays.
- Strong critical thinking, communication, and interpersonal skills, as well as sensitivity to patients' problems.
- Good problem-solving and decision-making skills.
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