The incumbent functions independently as a Diagnostic Cardiac Sonographer (Echocardiographer) in the Cardiology Section of Medicine Service, SFVAHCS. The cardiac sonographer is responsible for the performance of a full range of transthoracic echocardiograms (TTEs) utilizing the cardiac ultrasound equipment. The cardiac sonographer uses the cardiac ultrasound machine to produce real-time ultrasound images of the heart and associated structures. Works efficiently and carries full responsibility for quality studies and for the operation of the highly specialized ultrasound equipment and computer stations within the Echocardiography Laboratory. Works closely with the cardiologists who interpret the echocardiograms. Responsible for monitoring patients independently and will need to respond to each individual patient's hemodynamic status, which may require triage to a higher level of care. Utilize the hospital and department guidelines in completing his/her assigned work. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to: Performance of transthoracic and stress echocardiograms and assisting with transesophageal echocardiograms. These responsibilities require specialized knowledge of cardiac anatomy, physiology and biology, as well as an understanding of cardiac and ultrasound physics that allows the acquisition of accurate and appropriate measurements for the computing of complex cardiac formulas. The performance of these echocardiograms is expected during working hours. Work Schedule: M-F 0800 1630 Telework: Not Available Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Position Title/Functional Statement #:Medical Instrument Technician (Echocardiography)/PD000000 Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
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