Ultrasound supervisors are responsible for overseeing operations in an ultrasound department which takes non-invasive images of body parts such as the kidneys, heart, and liver. The monitoring of fetuses is also done with ultrasound technology.
Patients' physicians often send them to have ultrasounds performed to monitor certain conditions, and ultrasound supervisors must ensure that all ultrasound technologists adhere to safety and hygiene rules, laws, and company policies at all times. These managers also help with patient scheduling to increase productivity, as well as conduct employee evaluations and perform actual ultrasounds. Because the ultrasound manager may interact directly with patients, strong interpersonal skills are important in this position, and they should also explain any procedures being carried out in a manner that is understandable to the patient. After an ultrasound, the manager should prepare an interpretation so it can be reviewed by the radiologist, so strong written and verbal communication skills are also important in order to interact effectively with physicians, patients, and staff.
Computer skills are important in this position to communicate and develop reports, and these managers should also be registered diagnostic medical sonographers, which can be obtained by education and taking a test to obtain certification. Certification in nuclear medicine technology may also be required. Because this is an advanced position, many years of experience with ultrasound technology are usually required by employers, and certification in basic life support and prior supervisory experience are also beneficial.
Ultrasound Supervisor Tasks
Assess images on screen or film to ensure quality for physician intrepretation, perform technologist duties as needed.
Maintain logs and records, currency on equipment maintenance, and orders supplies.
Maintain departmental day-to-day activities, monitor and prioritize workflow and schedules.
Assist in hiring, training and reviewing performance of staff.
Ensure adherence to departmental policies and procedures, including safety standards.