Under general supervision, performs basic ultrasound exams and some of the more complex ultrasound imaging procedures; may perform radiologic and mammography procedures, if licensed; and does related other work as required in accordance with Rule 3,Section 3 of the Civil Service Rules.
The Ultrasound Specialist II performs the same work as lower-level technologists, but must also perform some more complex procedures involving the use of special techniques and/or equipment. At this level, the incumbent is beginning to apply advanced knowledge of one specialized area of ultrasound procedures. The Ultrasound Specialist II may demonstrate procedures to students and monitor students' performance of procedures.
Obtains images of internal organs with ultrasound techniques as an aid to differentiation of cysts, abscesses and other pathological conditions.
Selects the appropriate operating mode for the specific ultrasonic examinations of cardiac motions, recognizes abnormal conditions, and adjusts recording techniques to obtain appropriate display.
Measures biparietal diameter; tests and records fetal heartbeat; conduct examinations of pregnant patients to determine placenta location, fetal position, multiple gestation, and abnormalities.
Conducts fetal echocardiograms; checks the patient’s history to anticipate the effects of previous surgery, childbirth and other conditions which could affect the ultrasonic image of internal organs.
Prepares and position patients for display of area to be studied; posts results.
Demonstrates ultrasound techniques to radiologic technology students, interns, resident physicians, and others; monitors students’ performance of procedures, correcting faulty techniques and explaining appropriate methods.
May perform radiologic or mammography procedures, if licensed.
EITHER PATTERN I
Experience: Two years of full-time paid work experience performing ultrasound examinations in a physician's office, clinic or hospital including one year of experience equivalent to an Ultrasound Specialist I in San Joaquin County.
OR PATTERN II
Education: Graduation from an approved ultrasound/vascular technology education program.
Experience: One year of experience equivalent to an Ultrasound Specialist I in San Joaquin County.
OR PATTERN III
Education: Graduation from a two-year allied health education program that is patient-care related.
Experience: Two years of full time clinical ultrasound/vascular experience including one year of experience equivalent to an Ultrasound Specialist I in San Joaquin County.
Special Requirement: Must demonstrate competence to perform at least one ultrasound modality such as abdominal, cardiovascular, vascular, obstetrical/gynecological ultrasound procedures.
Certification: Certification as a Radiologic Technologist and/or Certification in Mammography by the Department of Health, State of California may be required.
The theory and techniques of ultrasound; operation and care of ultrasound equipment; methods of positioning patients for ultrasound procedures, physical and organic anatomy; operation of transducers and camera; advanced knowledge of anatomy, physiology and disease processes encountered in the performance of specialized procedures.
Position requires sitting, standing, manual dexterity, bending or stooping and lifting of patients; position patients for a variety of imaging examinations; must be able to communicate effectively both verbally and in written form; work independently and carry out ultrasound techniques; operate a variety of standard and complex equipment.
Mobility-Frequent operation of a keyboard, standing for long periods of time, walking, pushing/pulling, and operation of heavy equipment: occasional sitting for long periods of time and stair climbing; Lifting-Constant lifting of 5 lbs. or less; frequent restraining, lifting/turning heavy objects or people: occasional lifting of 5 to above 70 lbs.; Visual-Constant need for overall vision, hand/eye coordination and reading/close up work; frequent need for color perception, depth perception and field vision; Dexterity-Constant holding, reaching and grasping; frequent writing; Hearing/Talking-Constant hearing of normal speech and talking in person; frequent hearing on the telephone/radio and talking on the radio; occasional hearing of faint sounds; Emotional/Psychological Factors-Constant public contact, decision making, concentration and working alone: frequent exposure to hazardous materials, trauma, grief and death; occasional weekend/night work and overtime/travel; Environmental Conditions-Occasional exposure to hazardous materials.