The Echocardiography Technician has the intimate knowledge of thoracic anatomy and physiology as related to cardiovascular function. Will identify and record anomalies indicative of disease, injury, or other medically significant condition from ultrasound imaging and simultaneous recordings of the Doppler. Incorporates the causes and results of a variety of symptoms and conditions into the plan for the ultrasonic diagnostic examination. Independently carries out complex procedures. Duties include but are not limited to the following: In addition to the core competencies defined in the GS-8 full performance level, positions at this grade may be lead, supervisory, or non-supervisory with advanced knowledge and assignments. Echocardiography technicians at this level function proficiently in all aspects of the Cardiology Echo Laboratory. It is expected that sonographers who qualify for GS-9 level function above full performance level and meet the appropriate KSAs described in VA Handbook 5005/15, Part II, Appendix G27. The incumbent will perform advanced procedures within the lab, including higher-level duties with varying complexities at least 25% of the time. Responsibilities above and beyond the full performance level will include, but not be limited to: Training Fellows to perform Echocardiograms and other procedures within the scope of practice, perform ICE procedures in the Cath Lab and EP Lab, assist with 3D TEEs, assist with interventional procedures in the Cath Lab, and perform specialized Stress Echocardiogram procedures that may deviate from the normal protocol at a Physician's request. Sonographers at this level will be asked to perform specialized research echocardiograms that may be very detailed and deviate greatly from the normal protocol. Identify and record anomalies indicative of disease, injury, or other medically significant condition from ultrasound imaging and simultaneous recordings of the Doppler. Incorporate causes and results of a variety of symptoms and conditions into a plan of ultrasonic diagnostic examination. Change and develop sounding techniques to accommodate such variables as limited patient mobility, variation in physical condition or dimension of the patient, presence of prosthesis or foreign objects, and ultrasonic response of different body parts. Produce diagnostic quality images and Doppler frequency recordings using M-mode, two-dimensional, and color. They work with physicians to complete Transesophageal Echocardiograms and Stress Echocardiography procedures. An Echocardiography technician has the intimate knowledge of thoracic anatomy and physiology related to cardiovascular function. Responsible for adhering to all departmental, service, hospital, agency, and national regulations and policies. NOTE: Certification. Registration by Cardiovascular Credentialing International (CCI) as a Registered Cardiac Sonographer (RCS) or by the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers (ARDMS) as a Registered Diagnostic Cardiac Sonographer (RDCS) is highly desirable. Basic Cardiac Life Support (BCLS) and Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) certifications are also desirable. Work Schedule: 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday Telework: Not Available Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Position Title/Functional Statement #:Medical Instrument Technician (Echocardiography)/PD000000 and PD000000 Recruitment Incentives: Authorized Permanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
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