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Having an echocardiogram performed can be a tremendously scary procedure for patients and their families. However, in the right hands, the skill and compassion of an accomplished sonographer can help put patients at ease and create a positive experience for everyone.
You could be that sonographer. Your sound judgment and skillful hands will not only gently guide the imaging experience, but will lead the assessment and diagnosis of the full range of pediatric cardiac disease. Through your echocardiographic expertise and training, you will help fulfill Doernbecher’s mission to improve the health of children.
The Doernbecher Pediatric and Fetal Echocardiography Lab is seeking a qualified and experienced professional to join our team in a resource role based in Salem, OR. Salem Outreach is based at Salem Health. Doernbecher Children’s Hospital is excited to be establishing a dedicated team (cardiologist and sonographer) onsite to support this community.
Candidates must be able to perform the required duties listed below at a highly technical level requiring limited or no supervision. The sonographer will maintain a high standard of medical ethics at all times and should be self-motivated toward continual improvement. Applicants must work independently to produce high quality imaging on neonatal to adult age patients.
This position will be based in Salem, OR. Coverage in other outreach clinic locations may be required.
Candidates must be experienced and registered in pediatric echocardiography.
Join our team. Partner with a skilled cardiologist and a fantastic children’s hospital and help take care of the hearts of the children in Oregon.
Determines and instructs patient in proper preparation for exam; explains examination process and procedure to patient; positions patient for each examination to maximize effectiveness of image and minimize patient discomfort; adjusts equipment controls; modifies each study during the exam to demonstrate the anatomy, physiology, hemodynamics and/or pathology accurately; determines need for additional views depending on patient variables or demonstrated pathology; manipulates transthoracic transducer by hand over diagnostic area in order to image cardiac structures and visualize hemodynamic flow patterns as necessary; follows DCH imaging protocols when indicated; selects appropriate scan based on significant functional and/or anatomical pathology; records representative images for review by Cardiologist.
Records and Reports:
Schedules patients from phone or written physicians’ request; obtains clinical data from patient chart or referring physician; arranges digital images of exam findings in logical sequence for patient's permanent medical record; maintains patient files (e.g., records patient identification and corresponding examination procedures); verbally reports summary of patient's medical history and pertinent exam findings to Cardiologist.
Demonstrates pediatric echocardiography techniques; processes images in digital format; performs routine cleaning and adjustments on machines and reports any mechanical failures to supervisor; utilizes hazardous cleaning/sanitizing chemicals for esophageal probe; utilizes computer/ultrasound machine data for additional analysis; performs periodic quality control tests to ensure proper operation of equipment; keeps abreast of new techniques and technological changes by attending workshops and seminars. Follows and utilizes research protocols.