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Breast Ultrasound Technologist-Per Diem

Allied Health
DR- Clinical Operations 900729
142439 Requisition #
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The mission  of The University of Texas  M. D. Anderson  Cancer Center  is to eliminate  cancer  in Texas, the nation, and the world  through  outstanding  programs  that integrate patient care, research and  prevention,  and through education for undergraduate and graduate students, trainees, professionals, employees and the public.





The primary purpose of this position is to provide technical and specialized skills in the operation of Breast Ultrasound Imaging procedures on UT MDACC patients.

The Breast Ultrasound Technologist is responsible for:

  • Daily  operations  of  the Ultrasound  section,  patient  workflow,  equipment  maintenance,  the report  of equipment failures, and quality assessment (QA).
  • Independent operation of all routine, portable and intraoperative ultrasound equipment.
  • Performing  diagnostic  ultrasound  examinations  in  keeping  with  age  specific  needs,  protocols,  and communication  of results of diagnostic examinations.  Willing to learn new technologies as they become available.
  • Knowledge of ultrasound cross-sectional anatomy, disease processes and evaluation of the resulting data
  • Performing procedures as prescribed by DI Faculty.
  • Ensuring a safe environment for patients and peers. Practices ultrasound safety using ALARA concepts.
  • Effectively communicating and working with patients, their family members, and all UTMDACC staff to ensure high quality diagnostic procedures are performed. Duties and responsibilities are conducted in a manner that effectively supports efficient patient services.
  • Providing education, training, and mentoring to students, technologists, nursing, faculty, and others.
  • Maintaining a high standard of medical ethics at all times and is self-motivated to increase level of understanding and knowledge of the field, disease processes, and new procedures as they evolve.




Technical Skills:

    Responsible for provision of high quality exams while working in a dynamic, complex team oriented highly productive patient care environment.

   Performs  studies/procedures  as  outlined  in  the  department  manuals/guidelines  including  routine, immediate care, portable, on-call, biopsy procedures, and intraoperative cases by applying principles of ultrasound in the execution of imaging requirements.

   Recognizes significant clinical information and historical facts from the medical record that may affect the exam and patient care.

   Responsible for quality assurance activities on technical equipment and collaborates with appropriate parties to resolve image quality issues.

   Communicates effectively with  patient care  team members to answer  the associated  clinical  care questions.

   Responsible for accurately entering data   or  patient demographics into the Radiology Information System,  all  clinical  computer  systems,  and  ultrasound   units.  Ensures  completeness  of  patient information in computer systems and related paperwork.

    Ensures that patient studies are appropriately coded and charged.

    Demonstrates flexibility and the ability to work effectively.

  • Must be able to rotate day shift hours to cover the hours of operation in the ACB.
  • Must be able to take rotational call including holidays (the technologist may switch call
  • schedules with another technologist with notification and approval of supervisor/manager).
  •       Must be flexible to the demands of patient care by coming in early and/or staying late

   Practices responsible use of communication tools (whiteboard, paging systems, telephones, email, fax, etc).

   Corrects problems as they arise and notifies supervisor/manager when assistance is required to do so.

    Maintain productivity standards as defined in the section.

    Error rates are minimized to appropriate established levels.

    Accurately demonstrates anatomy and pathology through proper diagnostic scanning.

  • Uses proper scanning techniques, annotation, anatomical and pathological demonstration, and

correct any errors.

  • Clearly  discusses  with  the  radiologist  ultrasound  findings  of  patient  by  using  cognitive sonographic skills to identify, record, and adapt procedures based on diagnostic information


  • Responsible for  independent operation and  maintains working knowledge of  all  ultrasound

equipment used in the section.

  • Interprets orders such as patient requisition, including special instructions
  • Maintains knowledge of protocols, procedures, and disease processes performed.

    Ensures completion of all duties and conducts daily verbal hand-off communication to relief technologist at shift end.

    Other duties as assigned.




Patient Care:

   Functions within professional scope of practice.

    Ensures the patient is imaged in a safe environment, free of hazards.

    Identifies patients using approved identifiers.

    Provides full attention to the patient and the procedure.

    Sets up patient studies utilizing approved protocols/procedures and brings questions forward before imaging patients.

    Follows fall precautions and posts patient updates on the whiteboards or though other communication methods.

    Ensures appropriate supplies are available for the procedure.



   Recognizes patient distress signs, initiates and follows emergency procedures: nurse/physician, DIURT, MERIT, and CODE.

   Utilizes sterile or aseptic technique where applicable.

   Demonstrates the ability to address and handle patient care concerns, Notifies the radiologist if when gross pathological findings are discovered.

   Seeks opportunities to assist in overall patient care activities .This may include escorting patients from holding areas to scanner, offering to work over when needed, assisting peers and nursing staff.

   Recognizes examination findings that may require immediate clinical response and notifies the interpreting radiologist (such as Critical Results)

   Protect patients from ionizing radiation by following ALARA radiation safety guidelines, providing lead shielding when applicable and by monitoring of technical scanning parameters.

   Maintains necessary inventory of supplies for all examination rooms.

   Other duties as assigned.




Compliance Activities:

   Maintains current required licensure and certifications.

    Follows Institution, Division and section specific policies, procedures, guidelines and protocol

   Demonstrates  adherence  to Joint  Commission  standards  and  initiatives  and  to  applicable  state  and federal licensure and guidelines.

   Attends  mandatory  in-services. Maintains  expectations  for  safety  preparedness,  including  but  not limited to: Orientation to new equipment, Employee Education Event, CPR training, fire dri11s.

   Attends, contributes and participates in regularly scheduled  departmental meetings.

   In a self-directed manner and timely manner, satisfies department  in-services and continuing  education requirements for the institution, division, and section.

   Verifies correct procedures/supplies are entered in RIS for accurate billing.

   Documents   incidents,   variances, unusual circumstances  or  patient  concern  during   the  ultrasound procedure and notifies the radiologist or supervisor as needed.

   Assures  all  necessary  patient  documentation   is  complete  and  accurate  by  clearly  writing  required information on all necessary forms (such as biopsy paperwork).

    Other duties as assigned.





   Actively participates in quality and performance improvement activities.

   Identifies new ways to improve workflows and the patient experience.

   Effectively  manages  patient flow  and  minimizes  delays-by  utilizing  critical  thinking  to analyze  and evaluate simple cause and effect outcomes.

   Takes  appropriate  action  to  categorize   problems  into  high  and  low  priority  levels  and  exerc1ses appropriate action to maintain efficiencies.

   Coordinates patient flows through the section acting as a resource to the patient care team.

   Ensures  appropriate  inventory  available  to  ensure  required  resources  are  available  throughout   the day/week.

   During system failure, performs section down time procedures and immediately reports to supervisor for reassignment of duties.

   Relays all equipment   malfunctions   to the DI  Engineering   Team,  supervisor   and   manager   with appropriate information readily available.

   Demonstrates knowledge  of area  specific  processes,  scheduling  capacity,  and applies  knowledge  of work area to maximize efficiencies.

    Other duties as assigned.



   Participates in on-going learning and demonstrates application of it in his/her role.

    Actively seeks opportunities to develop professionally and personally.

    Coaches and mentors others relating specific aspects of the job.

   Provides  leadership  and  training  to students,  technologists,  and other  staff  members  on  an  ongoing basis. Other duties as assigned.

   Fosters and encourages a receptive and nurturing environment by actively contributing  to the education activities of patients, family members, faculty, radiology residents, coworkers, volunteers and students.

    Other duties as assigned


Marginal Functions:

   Able to assume leadership responsibilities in the absence of the area supervisor as needed. This involves maintaining   patient  flow  and  communicating  any  problems  to  the  Diagnostic  Imaging  Manager  or Supervisor.

   Demonstrates  excellent  interpersonal  skills. Establishes  and maintains  a high level of  professionalism through cooperation, receptiveness, and sensitivity to others.

    Assists physicians with research  projects in any capacity (scanning patients, retrieving  reports, logging data, and others).

   Demonstrates, by example, a high-level customer service philosophy, ethical  behavior and institutional core values.

   Understands and promotes team participation over individual contribution.

   Able to work without supervision.

   Performs special projects; volunteers for assignments  both internal and external to department.

   Performs other duties as assigned.

Education Required:   High school   diploma   or equivalent   with a certificate   from an approved   Ultrasound Sonography  Program or a Joint Review Committee on Education  in Radiologic Technology  (JRCERT) approved Radiologic Technology Program. Preferred:     Bachelor in Science   from a JRCERT   program in Diagnostic Imaging   or  Radiologic Technology such as Bachelor Degree in Diagnostic Medical Sonographer (BS OMS)


Required:  All of the following:

• Certified by at least one of the following:  ARDMS or ARRT Sonography (S) or ARRT Vascular Sonography (VS) or Registry Eligible

  • Registry Eligible:   
    •  Within  24 months of graduation from an Ultrasound or Radiologic Technology Program, registry eligible  candidates must  obtain  full certification from ARDMS or ARRT (S) or ARRT (VS). Failure to obtain  full registration will result in termination of employment or With 6 months of experience as a Registered Radiologic Technologist at UTMDACC. Failure  to obtain certification through ARDMS or ARRT (S) or ARRT  (VS) within  24 months  from start of cross-training will result in termination of employment'

      American Registry of Radiologic Technologist (ARRT) in Radiography credentials.

•      Basic Cardiac Life Support (BCLS)/ CPR

  • Failure to maintain certification will result in disciplinary action including termination of employment

Preferred: ARDMS certified with the Breast Registry

Experience Required:    No ultrasound experience  required   or  6  months   of  experience as a  Registered Radiologic Technologist at UTMDACC. Preferred: Two years of experience in Sonography

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