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Working As An Echocardiographer

  • 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 An Echocardiographer Do At Ascension Health

* Sets up and adjusts all cardiac imaging equipment and manually maneuvers transducers to perform exams.
* Implements safety standards and performs appropriate quality control procedures.
* Performs routine and complex studies and assists physician in a variety of imaging procedures.
* Recognizes significant structures, artifacts, pathology and equipment limitations.
* Contribute to Mission effectiveness by promoting the spirit embodied within the Mission Statement:Service to the Poor - support the cause of those who lack resources for a reasonable quality of life;Reverence - respect and compassion for the dignity and diversity of life;Integrity - inspiring trust through personal leadership;Wisdom - integrating excellence and stewardship;Creativity - courageous innovation;Dedication - affirming hope and joy in our ministry

What Does An Echocardiographer Do At Mercy Medical Center Clinton

* Demonstrates ability to read and understand medical technical materials and instructions.
* Must be able to communicate with medical/technical personnel and patients.
* Performs 2D Color Flow and Doppler studies, obtaining all necessary views in the appropriate modalities, according to physician orders, diagnosis, and lab protocols.
* Performs computer aided and /or manual calculations accurately.
* Demonstrates proficiency in the stress lab, prepping, taking blood pressures, obtaining patient histories, and assisting the exercise technologists.
* Demonstrates competency in administering contrast.
* Performs contrast imaging as indicated and per lab protocol.
* Demonstrates proficiency operating different kinds of ultrasound equipment, including knobology and analysis for each ultrasound machine.
* Prioritizes ordered testing and request for new services, based upon clinical assessment ensuring a timely delivery of testing which is appropriate to the acuity of a patient's
* condition.
* Can recognize acute situations and can notify the appropriate medical staff.
* Demonstrates flexibility related to varying demand for services.
* Accommodates patient needs for urgent tests, adding additional tests to the schedule when appropriate, including overtime situations.
* Provides high quality patient care considering age specific, developmental and cultural needs through competent practice and application.
* Demonstrates competencies.
* Fulfills the required number of on call, weekend and holiday rotations.
* Maintains good rapport and cooperative relationships.
* Approaches conflict in a constructive manner.
* Helps to identify problems, offer solutions, and participate in their resolution.
* Maintains confidentiality in line with current HIPPA standards.
* Discusses patient and hospital information only among appropriate personnel in appropriately private places.
* Assumes responsibility for performance of job duties in the safest possible manner, to assure personal safety and that of coworkers, and to report all preventable hazards and unsafe practices immediately to management.
* Behaves in accordance with the Mission, Vision and Values of the Saint Joseph Mercy Health System.
* Performs other duties as assigned

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

* Consistently assists in checking on families and keeping families informed of procedural progress.
* Regularly orders needed supplies and keeps lab and machines stocked for oncoming techs.
* Routinely performs echocardiograms on both inpatients and outpatients, including the critically ill patient and reports abnormal results to the cardiologist.
* Performs echo cardiac stress testing under the supervision of the physician.
* Accurately able to acquire stress images within a defined time limit.
* Regularly performs special procedures such as TEEs.
* Prepares echo studies for the physician by completing the preliminary report in a timely manner.
* Provides clear patient instruction on what to expect during the procedure.
* Routinely educates patients and families based on assessed needs, documents education provided, and keeps them informed of tests and treatments.
* Routinely enters patient orders and charges.
* Checks charges to ensure accuracy

What Does An Echocardiographer Do At UPMC

* Acts as a technical consultant
* in the review of echocardiograms with cardiologists to evaluate test
* results.
* Acts as role model/mentor to
* students who rotate through the department.
* Demonstrates Hamot's commitment
* to service excellence by understanding the needs of patients, their
* families, physicians and co-workers and doing what is required the first
* time, every time by being responsible, sensitive, accurate, timely,
* coordinated and thorough.
* Must be available to take call
* for emergent echo cardiograms during hours of non-routine operation
* Participates in educational
* sessions within the department, responsible for maintaining CME's needed
* to comply with ICAEL standards.
* Participates in the scheduling
* of all echocardiograms within both the Medical Center and Hamot Heart
* Institute to assure prompt and efficient patient care.
* Performs and/or assists with
* echocardiograms and trans-esophageal echocardiograms.
* Provides quality studies
* according to the 'standard guidelines' established by the Cardiology
* Dept.
* Demonstrates complete safety,
* efficiency, and accuracy when performing echocardiograms and assisting
* with trans-esophageal echocardiograms.
* Aides in performing any
* emergency resuscitation measures.
* Possesses the ability to obtain
* and interpret information considering age specific needs.
* Qualifications
* Successful completion of an
* Ultrasound program with focus on Echocardiogram.
* Registered Echo Technologist or
* registered eligible.
* year experience in accredited
* lab preferred.
* Cross trained in Vascular
* imaging and experience in Cardiology preferred.
* Proficiency in Windows and
* Microsoft preferred

What Does An Echocardiographer Do At South Nassau Communities Hospital

* Performs Echocardiograms and Carotid Dopplers.
* Schedules inpatients and outpatients for testing.
* Arranges patient transportation to and from the

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How To Become An Echocardiographer

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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Echocardiographer Demographics


  • Female

  • Male

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  • White

  • Hispanic or Latino

  • Asian

  • Unknown

  • Black or African American

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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

  • Arabic

  • Portuguese

  • Hindi

  • Urdu

  • Korean

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Top Echocardiographer Skills

  1. Pharmaceutical Stress Echoes
  2. Cardiac Ultrasound Procedures
  3. Color Doppler
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Performed full echo protocol using M-mode, Doppler, Color Doppler and measurements.
  • Assist Cardiologist with transesophageal echocardiograms.
  • Performed and provided interpretation of 2d transthoracic echocardiograms and carotid duplex Scheduled to complete 15 studies a day
  • Supervised by a board-certified cardiologist specializing in echocardiography otherwise worked independently and as a superior.
  • Performed pediatric echo exams which included a variety of congenital heart disease, and sedated exams.

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