Cardiac sonographers may work in hospitals, clinics, or private practice, generally under the supervision of a physician; however, much of the work is usually done unsupervised.
These sonographers monitor the cardiac systems of patients in order to identify any abnormalities that may be present. After the procedure, the results of the test are passed on to a physician and the records are stored in the patient’s file. It is important that those in this position can create clear and concise medical reports which are understandable to any and all medical personnel, and proficiency with computers is also important to fulfill a range of duties such as record-keeping and maintaining communication. Keeping stock of supplies at adequate levels at all times and maintaining the equipment used for sonography procedures is also expected.
Cardiac sonographers should have strong social and interpersonal skills in order to help patients feel at ease and explain procedures in a calming manner, and great communication skills are essential in order to work well with both patients and other medical personnel. Those in this position should always stay up-to-date with medical developments in the field so that suggestions regarding new procedures or medical equipment can be made to upper management.
To become a cardiac sonographer, a relevant associate’s degree program should be completed, after which a test should be taken to become registered and certified in cardiac sonography.
Cardiac Sonographer Tasks
Prepare and position patient for echocardiography exam and explain procedure.
Operate cardiac ultrasound, dopper and similar equipment to perform procedure according to physician's directive.
Observe screen during scan to ensure satisfactory image for diagnostic purposes, making adjustments as required.
Provide sonogram and oral or written summary of technical findings to physician for use in medical diagnosis.