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Cardiac Ultrasound Technician Job
Job Number: RIH16010
Job Title: Cardiac Ultrasound Tech
Department: Non Invasive Cardiology - 1012913
Facility: Rhode Island Hospital
Location: Providence, RI
•Completion of an Associate Degree in Biological Sciences or its equivalent to comprehend and apply principles of physiology to cardiac disease.
•Graduate of a formal Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program or Cardiovascular Technology Program that is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) is preferred.
•Passing of the registry certification by American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers (ARDMS) in Adult Echocardiography and Physics is anticipated during the first two years of employment.
•Registered sonographers must maintain an “active” status by the ARDMS in Adult Echocardiography.
•Current compliance with ARDMS Continuing Medical Education (CME) requirements for registered sonographers. A minimum of 15 CME’s is required over a three-year period for sonographers who are not registered.
•In the absence of the minimum educational requirement, a sufficient amount of actual cardiac ultrasound work experience is acceptable.
The Cardiac Sonographer has the task of capably and reliably evaluating a complex, intricately moving, three-dimensional vital organ, the heart, using the two-dimensional modality of ultrasound. It is crucial that the sonographer has a thorough comprehension of cardiac pathology in order to recognize and distinguish abnormal pathologies from normal, and a complete understanding and familiarity of the intricate, computer-driven sonography system in order to capture the necessary digital images for the cardiologist to make the proper determination for the patient. As it is the examination and evaluation of a moving dynamic organ, the echocardiogram is very “operator-dependent” and a great responsibility is placed on the sonographer to present the physician with a thorough examination in order for the physician to properly treat the patient.
The Cardiac Sonographer is responsible to participate in daily operations of the Echocardiography Laboratory, patient schedule, equipment maintenance, the report of equipment failures, and quality assessment (QA).