Duke University Hospital is consistently rated as one of the best in the United States and is known around the world for its outstanding care and groundbreaking research. Duke University Hospital has 1,048 licensed inpatient beds and offers comprehensive diagnostic and therapeutic facilities, including a regional emergency/trauma center; a major surgery suite containing 65 operating rooms; an endo-surgery center; a separate hospital outpatient surgical department with nine operating rooms and an extensive diagnostic and interventional radiology area.
For 2021-2022, U.S. News and World Report ranked Duke University Hospital nationally in 11 adult specialties: cancer, cardiology & heart surgery, diabetes & endocrinology, ear, nose & throat, gastroenterology & GI surgery, gynecology, neurology & neurosurgery, ophthalmology, orthopedics, pulmonology & lung surgery, and urology. Duke University Hospital is also ranked first in North Carolina and first in the Raleigh-Durham area.
In addition to its hospitals, Duke Health has an extensive, geographically dispersed network of outpatient facilities that include primary care offices, urgent care centers, multi-specialty clinics and outpatient surgery centers.
General Description of the Job Class
Operation of sonographic equipment, perform and communicate results of diagnostic examinations using sonography.
Duties and Responsibilities of this Level
Performs clinical assessment and diagnostic ultrasound examinations.
Exams include, but may not be limited to, abdominal, vascular, small parts, ob-gyn, vascular, infant head/hip/spine, and interventional procedures.
Follow established departmental policy.
Uses cognitive sonographic skills to identify, record, and adapt procedures as appropriate to anatomical, pathological, diagnostic information and images.
Uses independent judgment during the sonographic exam to accurately differentiate between normal and pathologic findings.
Analyzes sonograms, synthesizes sonographic information and medical history, and communicates findings to the Radiologist.
Assume responsibility for the safety, mental and physical comfort of patients while they are in the sonographer's care.
Communicate effectively with the patient and the health care team, recognizing the special nature of sonographic examinations and patient's needs.
Assists with the daily operations of the ultrasound department.
Completes exam tracking/billing accurately on a daily basis.
Maintains ultrasound equipment and work area, and maintains adequate supplies.
Establishes and maintains productive ethical working relationships with coworkers, referring providers and commercial agencies.
Performs other work-related duties as assigned.
Assist in training of ultrasound students during clinical rotations.
Performs other work-related duties as assigned
Proficient in the performance of ultrasound procedures and does not require assistance from fellow sonographers.
Provide direction and instruction to existing personnel and training to new sonographers.
Assist in teaching of ultrasound technology to new physicians, residents, and fellows.
Coordinates with other staff to assure appropriate patient care is provided.
Reports equipment failures to the appropriate supervisor or staff member.
Participates in the maintenance of laboratory accreditation.
Perform other related duties incidental to the work herein
**DUHS offers career growth and enrichment within Imaging services. There is a clinical ladder program with various steps and opportunities at each hospital within the health system.
Required Qualifications at this Level
Graduate of a formal Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program that is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) is required (may substitute with ARDMS certification on or before December 31, 2000)
Bachelor of Science degree in Diagnostic Medical Sonography is desirable.
Degrees, Licensure, and/or Certification
Current compliance with Continuing Medical Education (CME) requirements for specialty (ies) as appropriate.
Level I Must obtain ARDMS certifications in the following (Abdomen, OB/GYN, Vascular) as required by each entity within 18 months of employment.
Level II Minimum of two years' experience as a Sonographer.
Level III A minimum of four years' experience within specialty modality in which they are seeking promotion
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
Distinguishing Characteristics of this Level
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