Ultrasound supervisors are responsible for facilitating communication between patients and ultrasound professionals to verify that all medical requirements are met before imaging, and also explain certain imaging processes and help patients understand how these tests are conducted. They also analyze all ultrasound equipment to ensure it is working properly.
Ultrasound supervisors are responsible for completing diagnostic tests and sonograms and must develop strong work relationships with medical imaging professionals to share important case information and provide the best images for specialists to interpret. They should also have strong interpersonal skills to communicate technical processes in clear terms, and should be able to motivate groups of ultrasound professionals to work well together and brainstorm ideas in difficult situations. They also verify quality control in instrumentation to provide the best hardware performance and confirm that necessary supplies are on-hand and all devices work properly.
Ultrasound supervisors must follow strict safety protocols to protect patients and staff and should work well in a team environment with other ultrasound specialists to complete assessments in a timely manner. They typically work in a laboratory setting and use a lab coat and sterile gloves to maintain sanitation when handling equipment, and should also be organized and pay close attention to detail to find discrepancies in different ultrasound images. An associate's degree in ultrasound technology and prior experience in the field are generally required for this position, and industry certifications 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.