ULTRASOUND SONOGRAPHY TECHNOLOGIST- PER DIEM
Houston, TX
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MISSION STATEMENT

The mission of The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center is to eliminate cancer in Texas, the nation, and the world through outstanding programs that integrate patient care, research and prevention, and through education for undergraduate and graduate students, trainees, professionals, employees and the public.

SUMMARY
The primary purpose of this position is to provide technical and specialized skills in the operation of Breast Ultrasound Imaging procedures on UT MDACC patients.

The Breast Ultrasound Technologist is responsible for:
  • Daily operations of the Ultrasound section, patient workflow, equipment maintenance, the report of equipment failures, and quality assessment (QA).
  • Independent operation of all routine, portable and intraoperative ultrasound equipment.
  • Performing diagnostic ultrasound examinations in keeping with age specific needs, protocols, and communication of results of diagnostic examinations. Willing to learn new technologies as they become available.
  • Knowledge of ultrasound cross-sectional anatomy, disease processes and evaluation of the resulting data
  • Performing procedures as prescribed by DI Faculty.
  • Ensuring a safe environment for patients and peers. Practices ultrasound safety using ALARA concepts.
  • Effectively communicating and working with patients, their family members, and all UTMDACC staff to ensure high quality diagnostic procedures are performed. Duties and responsibilities are conducted in a manner that effectively supports efficient patient services.
  • Providing education, training, and mentoring to students, technologists, nursing, faculty, and others.
  • Maintaining a high standard of medical ethics at all times and is self-motivated to increase level of understanding and knowledge of the field, disease processes, and new procedures as they evolve.

KEY FUNCTIONS

Technical Skills:
  • Responsible for provision of high quality exams while working in a dynamic, complex team oriented highly productive patient care environment.
  • Performs studies/procedures as outlined in the department manuals/guidelines including routine, immediate care, portable, on-call, biopsy procedures, and intraoperative cases by applying principles of ultrasound in the execution of imaging requirements.
  • Recognizes significant clinical information and historical facts from the medical record that may affect the exam and patient care.
  • Responsible for quality assurance activities on technical equipment and collaborates with appropriate parties to resolve image quality issues.
  • Communicates effectively with patient care team members to answer the associated clinical care questions.
  • Responsible for accurately entering data or patient demographics into the Radiology Information System, all clinical computer systems, and ultrasound units. Ensures completeness of patient information in computer systems and related paperwork.
  • Ensures that patient studies are appropriately coded and charged.
  • Demonstrates flexibility and the ability to work effectively.
  • Must be able to rotate day shift hours to cover the hours of operation in the ACB.
  • Must be able to take rotational call including holidays (the technologist may switch call
  • Schedules with another technologist with notification and approval of supervisor/manager).
  • Must be flexible to the demands of patient care by coming in early and/or staying late
  • Practices responsible use of communication tools (whiteboard, paging systems, telephones, email, fax, etc.).
  • Corrects problems as they arise and notifies supervisor/manager when assistance is required to do so.
  • Maintain productivity standards as defined in the section.
  • Error rates are minimized to appropriate established levels.
  • Accurately demonstrates anatomy and pathology through proper diagnostic scanning.
  • Uses proper scanning techniques, annotation, anatomical and pathological demonstration, and correct any errors.
  • Clearly discusses with the radiologist ultrasound findings of patient by using cognitive sonographic skills to identify, record, and adapt procedures based on diagnostic information received.
  • Responsible for independent operation and maintains working knowledge of all ultrasound equipment used in the section.
  • Interprets orders such as patient requisition, including special instructions
  • Maintains knowledge of protocols, procedures, and disease processes performed.
  • Ensures completion of all duties and conducts daily verbal hand-off communication to relief technologist at shift end.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Patient Care:
  • Functions within professional scope of practice.
  • Ensures the patient is imaged in a safe environment, free of hazards.
  • Identifies patients using approved identifiers.
  • Provides full attention to the patient and the procedure.
  • Sets up patient studies utilizing approved protocols/procedures and brings questions forward before imaging patients.
  • Follows fall precautions and posts patient updates on the whiteboards or through other communication methods.
  • Ensures appropriate supplies are available for the procedure.
  • Recognizes patient distress signs, initiates and follows emergency procedures: nurse/physician, DIURT, MERIT, and CODE.
  • Utilizes sterile or aseptic technique where applicable.
  • Demonstrates the ability to address and handle patient care concerns, Notifies the radiologist if when gross pathological findings are discovered.
  • Seeks opportunities to assist in overall patient care activities .This may include escorting patients from holding areas to scanner, offering to work over when needed, assisting peers and nursing staff.
  • Recognizes examination findings that may require immediate clinical response and notifies the interpreting radiologist (such as Critical Results)
  • Protect patients from ionizing radiation by following ALARA radiation safety guidelines, providing lead shielding when applicable and by monitoring of technical scanning parameters.
  • Maintains necessary inventory of supplies for all examination rooms.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Job Type Full-time