MD Anderson Cancer Center Cardiac Ultrasound Tech - Cardiology Laboratory in Houston, Texas

Performs ultrasound examinations of the heart to image two and three-dimensional slices of the heart. Performs accurate assessment of the velocity of blood and cardiac tissue at any arbitrary point using pulsed or continuous wave doppler ultrasound to assess cardiac valve areas and function, any abnormal communications between the left and right side of the heart, any leaking of blood through the valves (valvular regurgitation), and calculation of the cardiac output as well as the Ejection fraction.

Performs all modalities of Echocardiography, including assessment: 2D, M-Mode, Color flow and continuous wave doppler, Stress echocardiography, Pharmacological stress echocardiography, Transesophageal echocardiograms.

The Cardiac Sonographer performs patient assessments, acquires and analyzes data obtained with ultrasound equipment, provides a summary of findings to the physician to aid in patient diagnosis and management, and utilizes problem solving methods to produce high quality diagnostic information and optimize patient care.

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS

Performs all modalities of echocardiography, including assessment: 2D, M-Mode, Color flow and continuous wave doppler, Stress echocardiography, Pharmacological stress echocardiography, Transesophageal echocardiograms. Must be able to analyze patient's clinical history, identify the purpose of the examination, and expand the examination as necessary to answer the clinical questions.

Performs quantitative analysis of Echocardiographic studies, including: systolic function (ejection fraction and wall motion analysis), diastolic function, pulmonary pressure, hemodynamic assessment, assessment of valvular abnormalities, changes in gradients, and critical values.

Prepares equipment for procedures to be performed. Cleans and disinfects equipment following patient use. Maintains equipment cleaning logs.

Participates in the collection and documentation of quality assurance information. Reports critical values immediately once identified.

Adheres to laboratory policies and procedures, safety rules, and infection control policies.

Diagnostic EKGs.

Assists with preventive maintenance of diagnostic equipment.

May be required to work extended hours or other variations of the normal work shift.

On Call rotation is required.

Performs other duties as required as assigned.

WORK CONDITIONS

Laboratory environment and patient care environment with increased exposure to infectious diseases, carcinogens, and radiation.

Must be able to lift up to 50 pounds and be able to lift and position all patients safely.

Must be able to move an Echo machine from the outpatient clinic to the inpatient wards.

Must demonstrate the knowledge and skills necessary to provide care based on physical, motor/sensory, psychosocial, and safety appropriate to patients ranging in age from newborn to geriatric.

Required: High school diploma or equivalent. Two years experience performing echocardiography testing. With preferred degree, no experience required. All of the following: Certified in Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR). Registered Diagnostic Cardiac Sonographer (RDCS) through American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers (ARDMS) -OR- Registered Cardiac Sonographer (RCS) through Cardiovascular Credentialing International (CCI).

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