Ultrasound Technology Program
Examples of Essential Duties, Knowledge, Skill and Ability Requirements of the Diagnostic Medical Sonographer
Didactic and Clinical Knowledge
- To be able to perform ultrasound procedures to aid in the monitoring of pregnancies and the diagnosis of cardiac, abdominal, small parts, gynecologic and vascular disorders.
- Monitor examination by viewing images on video screen, to evaluate quality and consistency of diagnostic images, and make adjustments to ultrasound equipment as needed.
- Knowledge of anatomy adequate to be able to position patients and locate the anatomical area to be imaged.
- Perform quality control checks on ultrasound equipment to ensure proper operation and perform minor repairs and adjustments as needed.
- Reading and interpreting patient charts and requisitions for ultrasound examinations.
Communication and Interpersonal Skills
- Must communicate effectively with radiologists, staff, patients, and referring physicians.
- Must establish and maintain effective working relationships with other employees and the public.
- Must be a team player and become a part of the hospital/outpatient center team.
- Be able to multitask and demonstrate appropriate judgment on the spot - be a decision maker.
- Skill in keeping accurate records concerning diagnostic exams.
- Must be knowledgeable and thrive for excellence - always be in the process of learning new procedures/materials/protocols.
Patient Care/ Diversity
- Observe and care for patients throughout examinations to ensure patient safety and comfort.
- Be compliant with HIPAA requirements and other regulations of his/her facility.
- Recognize the diversity of population and treat them accordingly with courtesy. Treat patients equally, not discriminating by sex, race or age.
- Be able to serve pediatric as well as geriatric population.
- Explain procedures to patients, answers patient’s questions and maintains records of examinations and other essential information with regards to the patient.
- Providing physical and emotional support to the patient during the sonographic procedures; being able to respond to situations requiring first aid and providing emergency care to the patient in the absence of, or until the physician arrives.
- Eye/hand coordination. Full use of arms, hands and wrists.
- Transport, lift, lower, move, turn heavy objects and/or patients.
- Color vision and depth perception.
- Standing, sitting, or reaching for extended periods of time.