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Become A Cardiac Sonographer

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Working As A Cardiac Sonographer

  • Assisting and Caring for Others
  • Getting Information
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge
  • Documenting/Recording Information
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Deal with People

  • Unpleasant/Angry People

  • Unpleasant/Hazardous Environment

  • Repetitive

  • $68,970

    Average Salary

What Does A Cardiac Sonographer Do At Ingenesis

* Maintain and file appropriately both electronic and hardcopies of documentation.
* Capable of performing Transthoracic echocardiography, Pediatric echocardiography, and Electrocardiogram.
* Must be able to assist with Stress echocardiography (exercise & pharmacological), Transesophageal echocardiography, Exercise stress testing, Provides echocardiography instruction to others in training and perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation.
* Will operate and enter data in the Composite Health Care System (CHCS) and/or Armed Forces Health Longitudinal Technology Application (ALTHA) program.
* Retrieves cardiology results on the Marquette Universal System for Electrocardiography (MUSE).
* Participates in education programs and in clinical staff quality assurance functions and Process Action Teams as required

What Does A Cardiac Sonographer Do At NYU Medical Center

* Demonstrates knowledge of accepted standards, policies, procedures, staff responsibilities and instrumentation related to provision of cardiac imaging
* Demonstrates proficiency in the calibration and operation of equipment and performance of cardiac imaging testing.
* Demonstrates proficiency in patient assessment and emergency management procedures related to performance of testing.
* Provides appropriate instruction/education to staff, patients, family members, nurses, physicians, affiliated students, and other members of the Medical Center community.
* Provides training to new sonographers, students, and other medical center personnel
* Maintains equipment for proper function and safety
* Documents all studies according to departmental procedures
* Utilizes patient chart in obtaining pertinent history as necessary
* Provides for patient comfort and arranges equipment for procedure
* Performs other duties as assigned

What Does A Cardiac Sonographer Do At Henry Ford Health System

* Explains examination procedure to patient and prepares patients for examination.
* Reviews clinical data on requisition and obtains additional patient information
* when necessary.
* Analyzes anatomical structure of patient, sets equipment, and performs
* ultrasound scan.
* Controls ultrasound to obtain proper diagnostic information from the area of the
* body being studied.
* Deciphers normal from abnormal pathology in order to obtain
* appropriate scan to show abnormality in its entirety.
* Completes appropriate paper work and database requirements for each test

What Does A Cardiac Sonographer Do At Sanford Health

* Assists the Cardiologist in the interpretation and reading of the Echocardiograms.
* Performs M
* Mode, Two
* Dimensional, Doppler and Color Flow Doppler.
* Performs pediatric and adult testing procedures.
* Performs various clerical duties to ensure optimal department functioning and proper flow of information and service to physicians for timely test interpretation and patient treatment plans.
* Assists with Transesophageal exams.
* Full-time, 64 hours every 2 weeks, day shift, weekend call and mobile expected

What Does A Cardiac Sonographer Do At HCA, Hospital Corporation of America

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* The primary role of the cardiac sonographer is to obtain high quality ultrasound images of the heart and related structures, having sufficient skill in the performance of the technique so as to produce complete anatomical and functional information for the cardiologist to interpret.
* The cardiac sonographer must demonstrate competence in the performance of transthoracic (TTE) on the young adult, middle aged adult and geriatric adult populations.
* Pediatric/Congenital experience a plus
* Cardiac sonographers must be competent in performing adult stress (exercise and pharmacologic) and transesophageal (TEE) echocardiographic procedures.
* The sonographer will demonstrate competence and safety with the IV administration of cardiac contrast agents (saline contrast and Perflutren).
* The cardiac sonographer will also demonstrate competency in the use of the transesophageal (TEE) probe high level disinfection

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How To Become A Cardiac Sonographer

Diagnostic medical sonographers and cardiovascular technologists and technicians, including vascular technologists, need formal education, such as an associate’s degree or a postsecondary certificate. Many employers also require professional certification.


Colleges and universities offer both associate’s and bachelor’s degree programs in sonography and in cardiovascular and vascular technology. One-year certificate programs also are available from colleges or hospitals.

Employers typically prefer graduates of programs accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP).

Sonography, cardiovascular, and vascular education programs usually include courses in anatomy, medical terminology, and applied sciences. Most sonography programs are divided into the specialized fields that correspond to the relevant certification exams, such as abdominal sonography or breast sonography. Cardiovascular and vascular programs include coursework in either invasive or noninvasive cardiovascular or vascular technology procedures. In addition to classroom study, most programs also include a clinical component in which students earn credit while working under a more experienced technologist in a hospital, physician’s office, or imaging laboratory.

High school students who are interested in diagnostic medical sonography, cardiovascular technology, or vascular technology should take courses in anatomy, physiology, physics, and math.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Most employers prefer to hire diagnostic imaging workers with professional certification. Many insurance providers and Medicare pay for procedures only if a certified sonographer, technologist, or technician performed the work. Certification is available from the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonographers and Cardiovascular Credentialing International.

Diagnostic imaging workers can earn certification by graduating from an accredited program and passing an exam. Most of the certifications are for specialties in diagnostic imaging; for example, a sonographer can earn a certification in abdominal sonography. Most diagnostic imaging workers have at least one certification, but many earn multiple certifications.

In addition, many employers prefer to hire candidates who have a Basic Life Support certification, which shows they are trained to provide CPR.

Few states require diagnostic medical sonographers to be licensed. Professional certification is typically required for licensure; other requirements vary by state. Contact state medical boards for more information.

Important Qualities

Detail oriented. Diagnostic imaging workers must follow precise instructions to obtain the images needed to diagnose and treat patients. They must also pay attention to the screen while scanning a patient’s body because the cues that contrast healthy areas with unhealthy ones may be subtle.

Hand-eye coordination. To get quality images, diagnostic imaging workers must be able to accurately move equipment on the patient’s body in response to what they see on the screen.

Interpersonal skills. Diagnostic imaging workers must work closely with patients. Sometimes patients are in extreme pain or mental stress, and they must get cooperation from the patient to create usable images.

Physical stamina. Diagnostic imaging workers are on their feet for long periods and must be able to lift and move patients who need assistance.

Technical skills. Diagnostic imaging workers must understand how to operate complex machinery and computerized instruments.

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Cardiac Sonographer Demographics


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  • White

  • Asian

  • Hispanic or Latino

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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

  • Portuguese

  • Filipino

  • Japanese

  • French

  • Greek

  • Tagalog

  • Polish

  • Korean

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Top Cardiac Sonographer Skills

  1. Tissue Doppler
  2. Transesophageal Echocardiograms
  3. Cardiology
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Assist with pediatric transesophageal echocardiograms.
  • Produce preliminary reports for Cardiology department.
  • Perform all aspects of Adult, Transesophageal, Stress Echo/Dobutamine Stress Echocardiography
  • Participated in the care of out patients and in-patients - including portables in ICU and Cath Labs.
  • Utilize 2D, M-mode, color - CW - PW Doppler, echo contrast and saline bubbles.

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