Produces ultrasonic recordings of internal organs for use by physicians.
This career is part of the Health Science cluster Diagnostic Services pathway.
A person in this career:
- Observes screen during scan to ensure that image produced is satisfactory for diagnostic purposes, making adjustments to equipment as required.
- Observes and cares for patients throughout examinations to ensure their safety and comfort.
- Provides sonogram and oral or written summary of technical findings to physician for use in medical diagnosis.
- Operates ultrasound equipment to produce and record images of the motion, shape, and composition of blood, organs, tissues, or bodily masses, such as fluid accumulations.
- Selects appropriate equipment settings and adjusts patient positions to obtain the best sites and angles.
- Decides which images to include, looking for differences between healthy and pathological areas.
- Prepares patient for exam by explaining procedure, transferring patient to ultrasound table, scrubbing skin and applying gel, and positioning patient properly.
- Determines whether scope of exam should be extended, based on findings.
- Obtains and records accurate patient history, including prior test results or information from physical examinations.
- Maintains records that include patient information, sonographs and interpretations, files of correspondence, publications and regulations, or quality assurance records, such as pathology, biopsy, or post-operative reports.
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