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Become An Echo Technician

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Working As An Echo Technician

  • 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 An Echo Technician Do At Highmark Health

* Positions patients, selects anatomic and technical parameters accurately to independently perform ultrasound imaging according to ICAEL protocol efficiently and accurately.
* Assists the cardiologist with the performance of TEE and stress imaging studies. (65%)
* Utilizes safety and infection prevention standards and performs appropriate quality control procedures.
* Cleans equipment including TEE probes per laboratory approved protocol.
* Maintains adequate supplies for efficient department operations. (15%)
* Recognizes the need for contrast imaging and may administer if trained and verified as competent per laboratory protocol. (5%)
* Operates the laboratory ultrasound systems, information systems and databases and enters all required demographic and other data. (15%)
* Performs other duties as assigned or required

What Does An Echo Technician Do At St. Mary's Good Samaritan

* Contributes to the safety of patients by monitoring safe practices and communicating concerns to other members of the care team.
* Collects patient and ordering information and performs tests with safety in mind.
* Produces quality outcomes in the department by always being accountable for the quality of the exams and holding others to the same standards.
* Assures that testing is efficient, equipment is maintained and appropriate procedures are followed.
* Creates an optimal environment for patients through exceptional communication and a focus on meeting the expectations of the patient.
* Contributes to the financial goals of the department through appropriate data collection and documentation and order maintenance

What Does An Echo Technician Do At SUNY Downstate Medical Center

* Assist in the performance of cardiac non-invasive procedure related activities.
* Perform echocardiography with 2
* D/3D Doppler, and color flow studies on adult, late adolescent and pediatric patients in a timely manner from time of request.
* Perform Stress Echocardiography on adolescent and adult patients.
* Prepare echocardiogram for diagnostic interpretation and preliminary impressions.
* Input accurate patient demographic information, register patients in the computer systems and create/maintain patients' files, filing and retrieval of echo reports.
* Provide all aspects of echocardiogram procedures related to patient care, including patient transportation.
* Liaise with the Information Technology Department on the Centricity Reporting System.
* Respond promptly to re-calls and function independently during on-call/re-call hours.
* Assist in orientating Cardiology Fellows, new hire echocardiographers, and diagnostic medical sonography students to perform echocardiography and the skills in imaging techniques.
* Maintain inventory, clinical supplies and cleanliness of the echocardiography laboratory equipment.
* Maintain accurate daily patient log for statistical reports.
* Participate in research studies coordinated for the Cardiology Fellowship Program.
* Report any hazardous conditions and equipment malfunctions immediately to the supervisor/administrator.
* Maintain patient confidentiality and patient privacy according to HIPAA, and a safe working environment.
* Perform all other related duties
* All successful candidates must undergo various background checks, maintain credentials required for continued employment and adhere to the SUNY
* DMC UHB Principles of Behavior.
* Clinical Faculty and Allied Health professionals must receive and maintain Medical Board authorization

What Does An Echo Technician Do At HCA, Hospital Corporation of America

* The Echo/Cardiac Ultrasound Technician works under the direction of the Non
* Invasive Cardiology Manager or designee and demonstrates knowledge of non-invasive cardiac technology to perform physician-ordered diagnostic cardiac exams.
* He/she performs echocardiograms (2
* D, M-mode, color doppler, pulsed wave doppler, and continuous wave doppler), TEEs (routine and CVOR), carotid imaging, tilt-table testing, and other related examinations according to established Hospital standards and practices.
* Applies technical knowledge of diagnostic non-invasive cardiac imaging equipment operation to include: Proficiency in basic troubleshooting, proper equipment cleaning, storage and maintenance of equipment.
* He/she accurately documents in accordance with Hospital policies and standards.
* Communicates timely and appropriate information with necessary members of the patient care team.
* Essential Job Functions:
* Acquires a signed physician order with indicator for all exams.
* Demonstrates good judgment in responding to STAT calls and appropriately prioritizes STAT orders.
* Ensures patient consent is signed for the ordered procedure.
* Effectively communicates and explains the procedure to the patient without discussing clinical findings of the exam.
* Validates the patient and/or family understanding of the procedure.
* Ensures proper equipment operation during patient exams.
* Demonstrates proficiency in basic troubleshooting, equipment cleaning, storage and preventative maintenance.
* Demonstrates technical proficiency for echocardiograms:
* A.
* Adult and pediatric (if applicable) echocardiograms: Performs 2
* D, M-mode, color Doppler, pulsed wave Doppler, and continuous wave Doppler.
* This includes all measurements as needed for a complete study to include parasternal long axis, parasternal short axis, apical 4-chamber, apical long axis, and apical 2-chamber, and subcostal 4-chamber view, subcostal short axis, subcostal RV outflow, abdominal aorta, suprasternal long axis of the aortic arch, and RV outflow to evaluate the MPA and branch PAs.
* Applies critical thinking skills to assess the patient condition to provide any additional views that will assist the cardiologist in the care/treatment of the patient.
* B.
* Stress echo (exercise and chemical): Performs 2
* D imaging at the highest level for the evaluation of wall motion abnormalities.
* Stress images will include P
* LAX, P-SAX, apical 4-chamber, and apical 2-chamber.
* C.
* Demonstrates technical proficiency for TEEs.
* Set up of equipment and all supplies.
* Assists cardiologist with probe insertion as directed.
* After probe placement, tape all data as requested.
* Upon completion of procedure, candidate will immediately clean and disinfect probe according to departmental policy.
* Assists with head up tilt table testing.
* Responsible for patient preparation to include validating the patient is NPO, patient transport, placement of electrodes, placement of blood pressure cuff and presence of a patent saline lock.
* If continuous monitoring is required, secures the use of EKG monitoring equipment.
* If labs are required, candidate will arrange for blood drawing.
* Candidate will remain with patient at all times and offer assistance under the direction of a RN.
* Demonstrates technical proficiency at carotid imaging.
* Ability to obtain images of the common carotid, bulb, internal and external carotids with color doppler and pulsed wave doppler.
* Provides measurements as necessary for a complete evaluation of both right and left carotids.
* Maintains all patient reports in accordance with Hospital policy.
* This includes but is not limited to the following: pulling all previous reports/images; presenting images to the correct reading physician; notifying reading physicians of requests; entering proper patient charges into Meditech; performing database and operating system backup; error log review; Hemodynamic Monitoring system data field modification; and proper storage of archived exam/study data.
* Minimum Education, Experience, Training, Required Knowledge, Skill, Abilities and Other Job
* Related Characteristics:

What Does An Echo Technician Do At UofL Physicians

* Obtain and record patient identification.
* Explain testing procedures to patients to obtain cooperation and reduce anxiety.
* Prepare and position patients for testing.
* Attach electrodes to the patients' chests, arms, and legs, connect electrodes to leads from the echo machine to obtain a reading for timing of cardiac cycle, for measurement purposes Adjust equipment and controls according to physicians' orders or established protocol.
* Perform 2-dimensional, m-mode, color Doppler and pulsed wave/continuous Doppler echocardiograms on patients in various locations throughout Kentucky various days of the month (M
* Friday).
* Over-night stay in clinic area may be required.
* Overnight lodging expenses/meals are paid by company.
* Mileage reimbursement available in some circumstances.
* Recognize and provide detailed exams of specific heart defects during the study Monitor patients' comfort and safety during tests, alerting physicians to abnormalities Observe video screens of data analysis system during imaging of cardiovascular system.
* Provide obtained measurements of 2
* D, color Doppler & pulsed wave/continuous Doppler After physician interprets, type & chart report Clean, check and maintain cardiology equipment Remote device management.
* Other duties as assigned

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How To Become An Echo Technician

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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Echo Technician Demographics


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  • White

  • Hispanic or Latino

  • Asian

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  • Black or African American

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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

  • French

  • Urdu

  • Hindi

  • Russian

  • Chinese

  • Greek

  • Albanian

  • Japanese

  • Amharic

  • Khowar

  • Cantonese

  • Arabic

  • Korean

  • Italian

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Top Echo Technician Skills

  1. Tissue Doppler
  2. Cardiac Ultrasound
  3. EKG
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Conduct Doppler exams to further assess blood flow in the heart with use of tissue Doppler.
  • Operate diagnostic cardiac ultrasound equipment to record structure and flow characteristics of the heart.
  • Perform EKG's and prep for standard stress test including nuclear testing.
  • Perform Carotid Doppler studies Assisted doctors in the performance of Transesophageal echocardiograms.
  • Contrast, Saline studies.Write preliminary reports.

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Echo Technician Videos

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