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University of Rochester Sonographer Cardiology - 227930 in Rochester, New York

Sonographer Cardiology Job ID 227930

Location Strong Memorial Hospital Full/Part Time Full-Time Favorite Job Regular/Temporary Regular Opening

Full Time 40 hours Grade 094 CVSL Outpatient ACG & CC


8 AM-4:30 PM



Under direction of a qualified physician, the cardiac sonographer will perform a variety of technical procedures in the application of high frequency ultrasound waves to patients for diagnostic purposes. Exercises a high degree of precision, skill and judgment. Has a sound knowledge of cardiology, Doppler physics/instrumentation, echocardiography and vascular ultrasound.


Under the direct supervision of the Echocardiography Lab Lead Cardiac Sonographer and under the general direction of the Echo Lab Medical Director. Needs minimal supervision of direction to perform duties.


Operate a variety of cardiac/ultrasound equipment with phased array, annular array and linear array transducer technologies. Acquire echocardiographic studies in a video, optical or other computer based dicom format, for image processing and reconstruction. Use of computer equipment with differing software for report generation and digital acquisition devices. Operate ancillary devices as required.


Clinical Responsibilitites 40%


  • Perform and or assist with routine and specialized echocardiographic studies, including transthoracic, transesophageal, stress echocardiographic techniques (treadmill and dobutamine infusion studies), contrast exams, carotid ultrasound, lower extremity venous and arterial exams (including non-invasive segmental blood pressure recordings).

  • Prepare patients for examinations and explain the procedures to be performed.

  • Must be able to recognize cardiac and vascular anatomy and physiology. Distinguish artifact from normal and pathological states. Must recognize, complete echocardiographic and vascular exams and be critical in evaluating ones work in order to provide a diagnostic study.

  • Perform necessary calculations and other cardiac measurements and understand relevance of findings.

  • Responsible for obtaining pertinent patient history to optimize the exam for appropriateness. Review old echocardiographic studies for correlation.


  • Obtain vital signs, blood pressure, heart rate, height and weight.

  • Generate preliminary echo reports and relay final reports of echocardiographic studies to appropriate medical staff and physicians.

  • Will take call and weekend shifts as scheduled.

  • Assist in sterile techniques.

  • Will acquire study on designated image acquisition devices for review and permanent record storage of patient exam.

  • Will maintain active registry status in adult cardiac (RDCS/RCS), preferably vascular sonography (RVT) and BLS (Basic Life Support).

Mobiles-Off-Site and Lab Responsibiliities 20%

  • Will perform independent echocardiograms, stress echocardiography, for the mobile service.

  • Will perform appropriate vascular ultrasound (including non-invasive vascular testing, carotid, arterial and venous ultrasound and arterial physiologic testing) examinations for the mobile service.

  • Will serve as a positive image for the echo lab and market the lab at appropriate opportunities.

  • Will function as a liaison between the Echo Lab and outside referring centers.

  • Will keep university vehicle clean and be courteous to other drivers. Will fill gas tank after each assignment. Will report any concerns or malfunction to appropriate personnel.

  • Will be able to float to any of the off-site locations within the URMC Enterprise.

Educational Responsibilities 20%

  • Read journals to keep abreast of new developments in diagnostic cardiac ultrasound.

  • Attend conventions and symposiums on a national as well as local level. Obtain necessary continuing professional education credits to keep RDCS and RVT registration current.

  • Active participation in preceptorship teaching and cardiac fellow instruction, through hands-on training or formal presentation.

  • Encouraged to perform research and publish papers.

  • Present cases at Echo Conferences and QA meetings.

General Responsiblities 20%

  • Responsible to keep lab in clean, working order. Active participation in the clean lab protocols, including documentation in the log. This includes cleaning transducers according to lab policy and preparing exam rooms between studies, (changing linen, cleaning exam tables, wiping down systems).

  • Will perform monthly preventive maintenance on all ultrasound units and ancillary equipment. Will report all equipment malfunctions and problems to lead sonographer.

  • Will keep all inventory and supplies current and stocked.

  • Will exercise independent problem solving.

  • Will monitor and ensure timely patient appointments.

  • Will perform administrative tasks and other duties as assigned.


College education with training in cardiac imaging or related field. Prefer RDCS / RVT certification.




X Adolescent

X 18-65 years

X Over 65 years

JCAHO (MA1.4.3.1) requires that the performance appraisals of staff, without clinical privileges, who participate in the assessment, treatment or care of patients, address the ages of the patients served. Technical staff, including phlebotomists, are included in this definition.

How To Apply

All applicants must apply online.

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