The Medical Instrument Technician (Diagnostic Ultrasound) operates and performs a variety of complex, specialized, noninvasive diagnostic vascular ultrasound examinations at the Fargo VA Health Care System in the Medical Imaging Department. The incumbent operates and performs complex, specialized general diagnostic ultrasound exams utilizing the application of non-ionization high frequency waves and for diagnosis of diseases, other pathology, including MSK pathology. Duties include, but aren't limited to: Gathers relevant medical information: patient history, previous x-rays, or previous exams related to diagnosis and recommendation of treatment for medical disorders. Advises radiologist or referring physician of significant abnormalities that would require their immediate attention and visualization while the patient is undergoing examination. Provides coverage for surgeon in the operating room if necessary. Performs complex, specialized Duplex (B-scans, Doppler and ABI) examinations of vertebral, renal artery, aortic aneurysm, portal-systemic shunts, portal-systemic shunts, carotid, abdominal and other peripheral arteries and veins. Ability to perform diagnostic ultrasound examination on multiple areas of the body, including, but not limited to, the abdomen, pelvis, transvaginal, chest, small parts, thyroid, breast, and scrotum. Performs complex musculoskeletal ultrasound of the wrist, elbow, shoulder, knee and hips, ankle for pathology and physiological effects of disease that impact the patient's well-being. Makes multiple gain, frequency settings and adjustments in operation of equipment to ensure accurate results. Determines necessary vascular ultrasound procedures to yield definitive diagnostic findings based on clinical signs and symptoms. Completes all required education and maintains competencies related to scheduling of patient appointments. Evaluates the nature of critical and emergency procedures and rearranges priorities to accommodate same day services. Reviews new developments in the field and recommends to supervisor those that would improve the operation of the section. Develops and maintains patient preparation procedures so that patients and wards understand the proper preparations for general and vascular ultrasound examinations to prevent delays of examinations. These preparations are disseminated either by written preparation information or by telephone conversation. Work Schedule: Intermittent shifts will typically cover a 7:00 AM - 4:30 PM work schedule, Monday - Friday, but may cover other shifts as organizationally needed Telework: Not Available Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
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