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Cardiac Sonographer - Minneapolis Veterans Affairs

  • Ghost RX
  • 02/15/20
  • Minneapolis, MN
  • 55417
  • 84,000 + / Yearly
  • Full-Time
Ghost RX is searching for qualified Cardiac Sonographers to work with the Minneapolis Veteran Affairs Health System.


Competitive Salary
Medical, Dental, Vision
Paid Time Off
401(k) Match 3%
Medical Instrument Technician (Echocardiographer), VA Minneapolis, MN

Place of Performance: VA-St. Louis Health care System (VASTLHCS)

Period of Performance: Approx 1 March 2020 28 Febuary 2021 plus option 4 option years

Shift Expectations: Typical shift examples: 0600-1630, 0730-1600, 0800-1630, 1000-1830, 0800-1830. Shifts will be Monday-Saturday 8-10 hours, depending on clinic needs. Half hour lunches are unpaid. Staffing practices are subject to change due to staff availability and changes in patient volume.


Certifications - The MIT (Echocardiographers) assigned by the contractor to perform the services

covered by this contract must have a current certification in echocardiography imaging by the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography ARDMS or by the Cardiovascular Credentialing International (CCU) in any State, Territory, or Commonwealth of the United States or the District of Columbia. Competency and/or certification in vascular imaging is also desirable, but not required. All certifications held by the personnel working on this contract shall be full and unrestricted. MITs (Echocardiography) will not be considered for this contracted service if their certification has ever

been restricted, suspended, revoked, voluntarily revoked, voluntarily surrendered, pending action or

denied upon application.

BLS through American Heart Association
Core Duties:

The Medical Instrument Technician (Echocardiography) is a member of the cardiac echo team. He/she independently performs non-invasive examinations of the heart and great vessels using high frequency sound waves. They use sound waves to assess the structure of the heart, its function and assess valvular heart disease without the direct supervision of a Cardiologist. Independently performs a wide range of routine and highly complex ultrasound exams that are used in the diagnosis, treatment and evaluation of patients. The modalities commonly used are M-Mode, 2-D Doppler and transesophageal echocardiography. Common uses for echocardiograms include assessment of left ventricular function, assessment of valvar heart disease, assessment of cause of strokes and evaluation of critically ill patients to determine if there is a cardiac component to their hemodynamic

Requires comprehensive knowledge of cardiac anatomy, disease states and the ability

to skillfully use all echo modalities.

Explains routine and non-routine procedures to patients and other authorized individuals to ally

fear of process, relieve anxiety to achieve proper positioning.

The MITs (Echocardiographer) must be alert to changes in patients condition which may

necessitate immediate intervention.

Observe the patients condition, making notation of pertinent information, vital signs and other

clinical information in accordance with the established practices and in response to physician

demand or changes in the patients condition.

Recognizes serious patient abnormalities and individualizes each recording to the needs of the

situation to produce reliable tracings of diagnostic quality.

Performs cardiac ultrasound examinations and quantifies observed abnormalities, including

complex calculations of valve areas and alterations in function and ejection fraction.

Measure pulmonary artery pressures, valve areas, cardiac output, cardiac chambers, gradients

and flow assessments.

Assists Physician during transesophageal echos in Cardiology Department and operating room

during cardiac valve surgeries.

Assists Physician with echo-guided peri cardiocentesis.

Procedure and presence in surgery requires comprehensive knowledge of

sterile technique and adheres to VA Handbook/Policy, VHA Directive 2006-041.

Coordinates verification of medication doses with Registered Nurses as second

verifiers on the procedure table.

Observe special precautions for critical care and the operating room areas relating to

their specialized equipment.

Recognize the interrelationship between test results, patient response and patients medical

condition and immediately communicates critical values on technically observed abnormal

findings to the Echo Lab Attending, Echo Fellow or other Cardiology staff per the Echo and

the Cardiology Department protocol.

Maintain records of patient, examinations and digital disc archives in a secured database.

Provide instruction in diagnostic echo-doppler procedures and assist in the echocardiographic

imaging techniques with Cardiology Fellows and Cardiology staff.

Makes multiple simultaneous changes in settings and adjustments in operation of equipment

during an exam to ensure accurate results.

Evaluate and assess new echocardiographic equipment, or new techniques derived from the


Recognize electoral hazards and other outside factors which affect the technical accuracy and

quality of the diagnostic imaging of the echo exam.

Clean echo equipment, maintain, prepare and calibrate the transesophageal echo probes and

echo machines.

Coordination and communication between cardiology unit, patient and MVAHCS to promote

teamwork and cooperative efforts to smoothly work together.

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