The Sonographer-Breast Center performs diagnostic ultrasound procedures according to department standards and protocols. Adheres to and fosters the "Patients First" philosophy and acts to advance the principle objectives to providing services with full respect for the dignity of the patient. The Sonographer-Breast Center reflects the mission, vision, and values of Northwestern Memorial, adheres to the organization's Code of Ethics and Corporate Compliance Program, and complies with all relevant policies, procedures, guidelines and all other regulatory and accreditation standards. Utilize equipment and accessories, employ techniques and procedures, perform services in accordance with an accepted standard of practice and demonstrates expertise in limiting the exposure to the patient. The ultrasonographer assesses situations, exercises care, discretion and judgment, assumes responsibility for professional decisions, patient education and acts in the best interest of the patient. The ultrasonographer acts as an agent through observation and communication to obtain pertinent information for the physician to aid in the diagnosis and treatment management of the patient. Assess physician orders and correlate with consult request. Select appropriate materials and equipment for designated examination. Instruct patient on motion and breathing techniques. Properly identify all films relative to name and anatomic positioning. Performs proper darkroom technique and develops images. Responsible for exposure and positioning quality assurance of film images. May need to improvise the standard of procedures and deviate form "normal" to develop new and better techniques, using one's own discretion while receiving approval of the radiologist. Responsible for setup and sterile tray preparation including procedure specific needs, medications, guide wires, catheters, and other ancillary equipment. Provides evidence of continuing education. Responsible for instruction and clinical supervision of students enrolled in an approved ultrasound program. Demonstrate proficiency in gathering data, assessing, and responding to the patients cognitive, psychomotor, physiological, psychological, and emotional needs/condition as is appropriate to the ages of patients served. Graduation from an accredited Sonography program where competencies in evaluating and caring for geriatric and adolescent patients are required. Sonographers must be able to manage the patient safely and effectively during the imaging procedure with the limitation of the patient's cognitive abilities, psycho-motor skills, emotional stability and sensory capabilities (sight, hearing, etc.). AA/EOE Required:
- ARDMS certification within 12 months of hire date effective February 2004
- Graduation from an accredited program in Ultrasound or College based two year training Program with clinical education in accredited health care setting
- Technical competency in / Small Parts scanning; Effective communication and interpersonal skills.
- Associate's Degree, Bachelor's Degree; 3 or more years experience desired.
- CPR certification.