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Become A Cardiovascular Sonographer

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Working As A Cardiovascular 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

  • $233,733

    Average Salary

What Does A Cardiovascular Sonographer Do At Florida Hospital

* Demonstrates through behavior Florida Hospital’s Core Values of Integrity, Compassion, Balance, Excellence, Stewardship and Teamwork as outlined in the organization’s Performance Excellence Program
* Quality: Performs ultrasound exams per registry in accordance with established and accepted industry-wide published guidelines, as well as within the CVUS departmental protocols and Standard Operating Procedures (SOP’s).
* Utilizes knowledge of anatomy and physiology related to Cardiovascular Ultrasound.
* Utilizes knowledge of ultrasonic physics.
* Optimizes all ultrasound images with utilization of the Ultrasound System capabilities.
* Effective and Efficient Care: Completes exams in a timely manner.
* Works as a team member to provide the best patient care.
* Explains exams to patients in a way they can understand.
* Offers additional assistance to patients as warranted.
* Fulfills required scheduled call duty assignments and responds to facility and starts exam within 60 minutes of notification.
* Assessment: Accesses all available pertinent patient information as it pertains to the exam ordered including, but not limited to, exam appropriateness, progress notes and/or consults found in patient’s chart, patient history, previous diagnostic exam images and/or reports, documented signs and symptoms for exam.
* Adapts all exams to each patient’s medical situation obtaining all available necessary information for proper interpretation.
* Performs ongoing monitoring of the patient while their ultrasound exam is in progress.
* Documentation: Accurately documents pertinent information to aid in exam interpretation by reading physician.
* Completes task list and enters charges as necessary.
* Documents communication with hospital staff and physicians as it pertains to exam.
* Safety: Maintains patient confidentiality.
* Ensures performing exam on correct patient by following the two patient identifiers of name and date of birth.
* Follows hospital Infection Prevention and Hand Washing policies and procedures.
* Utilizes appropriate PPE during cleaning and high-level disinfection of trans-esophogeal echocardiogram (TEE) transducers.
* Communication: Follows Florida Hospital Compassion Behaviors and Image Standards.
* Communicates and collaborates with multidisciplinary teams.
* Keeps lead sonographer, supervisor and manager informed and seeks assistance from appropriate individuals when confronted with complicated procedures to ensure safe and effective patient care.
* Receives instructions and guidance from the lead sonographer, supervisor and manager and is compliant with special requests as situations dictate.
* Attends all mandatory department meetings.
* Process Improvement: Supports and assists with data collection for process improvement while understanding the department performance trends and established standards.
* Participates in department process improvement (PI) and survey-based action planning and patient satisfaction initiatives.
* Professional Growth: Learns new clinical skills as the department needs and demands change.
* Provides documentation of Continuing Medical Education (CME) when asked.
* If you want to be a part of a team that is dedicated to delivering the highest quality in patient care, we invite you to explore the Diagnostic Cardiovascular Sonographer I opportunity with Orlando and apply online today.
* Job Keywords:
* Diagnostic Cardiovascular Sonographer, Cardiology, Songrapher

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How To Become A Cardiovascular 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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Top Skills for A Cardiovascular Sonographer


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Top Cardiovascular Sonographer Skills

  1. Arterial Doppler
  2. Echocardiography
  3. EKG
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Trained/crosstrained employees and students in echocardiography.
  • Performed Adult Echocardiograms, Vascular Exams, & EKG's * Managed Technologists and Staff * Client Scheduling & Bookkeeping
  • Performed adult echocardiograms utilizing Doppler, 2-D, color, and M-mode.
  • Traveled throughout the United States performing ultrasound procedures to include: Echo's, Carotids, and abdominal aorta studies.
  • Traveled throughout South Carolina performing cardiac and vascular ultrasound studies for various physicians' offices.

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