Chief ultrasound technologists are generally responsible for overseeing the work of other ultrasound technologists, as well as training new or current employees on occasion. Many in this position are in charge of hiring and termination procedures in their facilities, and some may even manage their own departments, though they also report to higher medical professionals.
Chief ultrasound technologists perform ultrasounds on patients via a device called a transducer. The transducer, when held to the human body, will transmit a digital image of the patient's insides. Some chief technologists specialize in a particular type of ultrasonography, though it is not necessary, and they generally work in hospitals and pediatric and geriatric facilities.
An associate’s degree is often a minimum requirement for this position, and a bachelor's degree and/or up to five years of experience in ultrasonography may be required by some employers. Chief ultrasound technologists should also have a fantastic outward disposition, as they will work with patients from all walks of life, and stellar communication skills are important in order to work well with patients and other medical professionals on a regular basis.
Chief Ultrasound Technologist Tasks
Monitor observance to policies and standards, including state regulations.
Plan and evaluate the use of staff, resources for departmental programs and services.
Supervise and organize technical work for the ultrasound department.
Perform Ultrasound Technologist duties as needed.
Observe and monitor the quality of ultrasound images, prepare reports based on activities.