Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford Senior Sonographer- Echo Lab ( 1.0FTE, Days) in Palo Alto, California


1.0FTE, 8-hour Day Shift

Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford is the heart and soul of Stanford Children’s Health. Nationally ranked and internationally recognized, our 311-bed hospital is devoted entirely to pediatrics and obstetrics. Our six centers of excellence provide comprehensive services and deep expertise in key obstetric and pediatric areas: brain & behavior, cancer, heart, pregnancy & newborn, pulmonary and transplant. We also provide an additional, wide range of services for babies, kids and pregnant moms.

Under the supervision of the supervisor/manager and a physician in the department, who is responsible for the use and interpretation of ultrasound procedures, conducts sonographic procedures on assigned patients of all ages through the use of ultrasound diagnostic equipment. Performs vascular studies, including peripheral vascular, abdominal and carotid duplex scans as requested. Uses complex ultrasound equipment to perform echocardiographic procedures. Participates in training of residents and ultrasound students. Does not supplant the physician in the sphere of decision making required to establish a diagnosis, but will assist in gathering sonographic, duplex and other medical data necessary to reach a medical diagnosis and decision. Shows a high degree of judgment and skill in use of sonographic equipment. Ensures that equipment is constantly functional and maintained for immediate use. Maintains records and reports on equipment, procedures performed and billing.

Essential Functions

  • Documents observations made during the procedure for final interpretation by the physician or other qualified medical professional; obtains pertinent diagnostic images for record documentation when presenting cases.

  • Ensures that ultrasound equipment & accessories are maintained and functioning. Reports problems to Lead Tech and supervisor.

  • Explains examination process to the patient and instructs and assists patient throughout the procedure.

  • Operates diagnostic ultrasound equipment, observes sound wave pattern produced, produces and processes diagnostic images and presents completed sonograms to physician.

  • Participates in maintaining records for research cases. Participates as needed in evaluation of new equipment for research or possible future use in department.

  • Participates in training of residents and ultrasound students.

  • Performs a variety of complex sonographic procedures utilizing ultrasonic high frequency sound waves to detect abnormalities including masses, abscesses, and stones.

  • Performs appropriate infection prevention techniques including CIDEX testing, neutralization disposal. Performs proper probe handling & cleaning according to procedures if necessary.

  • Performs basic Doppler scans, i.e.: hepatic/portal veins, hepatic art, venous Doppler studies, renal transplant art/v. Doppler within allotted time frames; Spot check exams consistently show understanding and demonstration of proper doppler technique and documentation of doppler information, color and doppler spectral imaging, color & spectral scale setting at a velocity that demonstrates psv after flow direction and angle correction displayed appropriate to vessel.

  • Performs procedures that require familiarity and use as needed the following equipment: 2D gray scale and color doppler and pulsed wave scanners, BP cuffs & sphygmomanometer, stethoscope, analog strip chart recorder, segmental blood pressure machine & hand held CW doppler.

  • Performs without assistance the following exams: peripheral vascular duplex, abdominal duplex, segmental blood pressure & exercise testing, carotids, & other physiology exams as requested.

  • Reviews patient medical history in chart information system. Reloads prior exams for comparison. Utilizes ancillary equipment appropriately (Kinetdx, PACS - Picture Archiving and Communication systems).

  • Spots check exams for required views and adequate demonstration of anatomy. Completes exam within required timeframe.

Minimum QualificationsAny combination of education and experience that would likely provide the required knowledge, skills and abilities as well as possession of any required licenses or certifications is qualifying.Education: Requirement met by License/Certification RequirementExperience: One (1) year of progressively responsible and directly related work experienceLicense/Certification: Certification by the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers(ARDMS) or Cardio Credentialing International (CCI)

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Ability to apply judgment and make informed decisions.

  • Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.

  • Ability to establish and maintain effective relationships with widely diverse groups, including individuals at all levels both within and outside the organization and gain their cooperation.

  • Ability to follow written and oral instructions.

  • Ability to interpret physician instructions and patient medical and clinical records to determine type of ultrasonic procedure/test to be performed.

  • Ability to perform general abdominal, small parts, OB-GYN and limited vascular sonography on varied patient population.

  • Ability to perform vascular exams to include: segmental occlusion pressures, ABI's, carotid and venous dopplers, vein mapping and abdominal dopplers.

  • Ability to work effectively as a team player.

  • Knowledge of anatomy, physiology and congenital/acquired pathology as they relate to the use and interpretation of ultrasound diagnostic procedures.

  • Knowledge of computer systems and software used in functional area.

  • Knowledge of principles of the PACS network and/or other electronic image processing and image development systems.

  • Knowledge of principles of ultrasound physics, and the propagation of ultrasound through tissues.

  • Knowledge of safety principles and procedures related to ultrasound procedures and equipment.

  • Knowledge of ultrasound diagnostic procedures and equipment/instrumentation.

Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford strongly values diversity and is committed to equal opportunity and non-discrimination in all of its policies and practices, including the area of employment. Accordingly, LPCH does not discriminate against any person on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation or identity, religion, age, national or ethnic origin, political beliefs, marital status, medical condition, genetic information, veteran status, or disability. Women and men, members of all racial and ethnic groups, people with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply.