Ultrasonographer III - - Heart and Vascular Echo - Sign On Bonus

Munson Medical Group Traverse City, Michigan Cadillac, Michigan Heart and Vascular Echo Day shift

Requisition #: 53378
Total hours worked per week: 40


TRAVEL REQUIRED: Based out of Traverse City office but will require travel to Cadillac for vascular services. 



In addition to all requirements outlined in Job Code 499:


High School graduate or equivalent.  Completion of college or hospital based Cardiovascular Program or Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program or completion of Allied Health Program approved by the AMA or equivalent experience in pediatric echo or vascular program.


Must be a Registered Cardiovascular Diagnostic Sonographer (RCDS) through the American Diagnostic Registry of Medical Sonography or a Registered Cardiac Sonographer (RCS) through Cardiovascular Credentialing International (CCI).


Must be a Registered Vascular Technologist (RVT) through the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS) or a Registered Vascular Specialist (RVS) through the Cardiovascular Credentialing International (CCI).


Must be proficient in adult Stress Echo/Dobutamine Stress Echo and approved by the Medical Director.


Must be able to do 2D Echocardiograms, M-mode, PW & CW Doppler, and Color Spectral Doppler on adults and proficient at pediatric patients.  In addition, must be able to perform transesophageal echocardiograms, stress echocardiograms and Dobutamine stress echocardiograms.


Must be able to perform the following vascular ultrasound exams: abdominal aorta, renal artery, mesenteric artery, carotid artery, and both arterial and venous of the upper and lower extremities. In addition, must be able to perform a noninvasive physiological testing of the lower extremities.


Must have a minimum of 2 year clinical experience. Experience in intraoperative sonography is desired.


Must perform examinations in an acceptable time frame using a variety of complex equipment.


Must be knowledgeable in the use of IV pumps and stress testing preparation. 





This position is under the general supervision of the Manager of Cardiac Diagnostic Suite and Traverse Heart & Vascular and direct supervision of the Traverse Heart and Vascular Ultrasound Coordinator, in addition to the Director of Cardiology, the Medical Director of Cardiac Diagnostic Suite, the Medical Director of Traverse Heart and Vascular for both the Echocardiography Lab and Vascular Lab.  Has a close working relationship with the cardiologists and medical staff and consistently comes in contact with members of the nursing staff.


This position will be a service line position meaning that individuals selected for this position will be required to cover various sites within the Munson Healthcare Cardiovascular Service line. The service line includes Cardiac Diagnostic Suite @ Webber Heart Center Traverse City, Traverse Heart & Vascular Traverse City, Cadillac and Grayling, Munson Healthcare Cadillac, Munson Healthcare Grayling, Kalkaska Memorial Health Clinic and Paul Oliver Memorial Hospital.


There is a continuous working relationship with other members of the THV/CDS team (medical staff, nursing staff and physician office staff).


Cooperates with all department personnel in a positive and professional manner, maintaining ethical relationships.  Maintains a positive and loyal attitude towards employer.


There is no supervisory or managerial responsibilities with the position, however, the cardiac ultrasound technologist must teach the procedures to other designated staff.  May be required to travel outside the hospital.




Must be capable of working without direct supervision, within guidelines set by department heads.


Provide patient care, obtain patient history, communicate with patients and relatives.


Must be able to respond quickly in emergency situations.


Maintains professional appearance by adhering to Dress Code of the Cardiac Diagnostic Suite




Interprets priority of work when high volume situations arise, still maintaining departmental goals and objectives.


Must be able to improvise and adapt standard procedures to fit nonstandard circumstances.




Works in dimly lit, clean surroundings.


At times works under stress.


Stands and walks most of the time within THV/CDS and periodically throughout the hospital.


Frequent lifting and pulling/pushing loads (transporting patients and machine).


Exposure to the unknown effects of ultrasound.


Handles equipment in a responsible, professional manner.




Lead tech (lead tech must be a full-time staff member).





Cares for patients in the age category(s) checked below:


     Neonatal (birth-1 mo)  x   Young adult (18 yr-25 yrs)


     Infant (1 mo-1 yr)   x  Adult (26 yrs-54 yrs)


     Early childhood (1 yr-5 yrs) x    Sr. Adult (55 yrs-64 yrs)


     Late childhood (6 yrs-12 yrs)  x   Geriatric (65 yrs & above)


     Adolescence (13 yrs-17 yrs)     All ages (birth & above)


     No direct clinical contact with patients





  1. Supports the Mission, Vision and Values of Munson Healthcare.


  1. Embraces and supports the Performance Improvement philosophy of Munson Healthcare.


  1. Promotes personal and patient safety.


  1. Uses effective customer service/interpersonal skills at all times.


  1. Has basic understanding of AIDET principles (Acknowledge, Introduce, Duration, Explain, Thank You) and applies those principles to daily patient care.



  1. Performs routine and STAT two dimensional echocardiograms, M-mode and cardiac Doppler studies with direct supervision within guidelines set by department heads.


  1. Performs adult 2D Echocardiograms, M-mode, PW & CW Doppler, Color Spectral Doppler and Transesophageal Echocardiograms, with some exposure to pediatric patients.  In addition, performs stress echocardiograms and Dobutamine stress echocardiograms.


  1. Administers ultrasound contrast agents according to the protocol outlined in Policy #077.G016.  Required to complete initial competency regarding the administration of these agents, in addition to annual competencies thereafter.


  1. Assists physicians in performance of other related examinations, such as pericardialcentesis, PFO closures, and transesophageal echocardiograms during surgery.


  1. Sonographer evaluates the echocardiography studies for any life threatening abnormalities and pathologies and immediately notifies the interpreting physicians.


  1. Solicits feedback from cardiologists to assure they are satisfied with procedures and technique.


  1. Performs departmental procedures while the patient is in isolation and disinfects the equipment immediately after the procedure.


  1. Performs all patient reports for the interpreting physician per department policy to   ensure a timely distribution to the patient’s medical record and the referring physician.


  1. Compiles all patient information and billing information for each study done for the interpreting physician.


  1. Completes patient charges through the hospital computer system for all procedures done on both inpatients and outpatients.


  1. Schedules an organized workload as necessary to ensure efficient utilization of equipment and time.


  1. Cleans, calibrates, and adjusts equipment to keep it in good maintenance.  Notifies section leader or manager when repairs have to be made.


  1. It is the responsibility of this position to make sure that the operational supplies have been ordered for the echocardiography procedures.


  1. Rotates on-call to cover after regularly scheduled department hours of operation.


  1. Performs echocardiography services in affiliate hospitals. 


  1. May be required to drive to affiliate hospitals.


  1. May be required to cover when other sonographers are on vacation or during unforeseen absence.


  1.   May be required to perform a 12 lead ECG or assist in stress testing.


  1. May be required to perform CPR until the code blue team arrives.


  1. When echocardiographic procedures have been completed is required to assist with other CDS procedures as needed.


  1. Keeps current regarding developments in trends and techniques of Sonography by      reading technical journals, participating inservice education programs, attending          conferences, etc.  Maintaining an active status with the ARDMS and/or                      Cardiovascular Credentialing International, by meeting all continuing education             requirements.


  1. Is expected to be proficient with digital reporting and electronic worksheets.


  1. Offers suggestions to improve operations in area of expertise.


  1. Performs other duties and responsibilities as assigned.


  1. Use two patient identifiers on all patients.


  1. Meets and maintains standards set by the International Accreditation Commission (IAC).


  1. Completes annual testing for Musculoskeletal Disorders according to IAC standards.


  1. Performs other duties and responsibilities as assigned.