Diagnostic Med Sonographer, Contingent
Saint Joseph Mercy Health System

Howell, Michigan

Posted in Medical and Nursing

Job Info

Employment Type:
Part time


Saint Joseph Mercy Health System, one of the nation's top health care services providers, spanning five counties in Southeastern Michigan. SJMHS represents more than 2,700 physicians and 14,000 nurses and staff, and includes 5 Hospitals, 5 Outpatient Health Centers, 8 Urgent Care Facilities and over 25 Specialty Centers.

Saint Joseph Mercy Health System offers a full range of radiology services including a complete line of minimally invasive interventional procedures. Combining their clinical expertise with leading-edge technologies, our radiologists and staff provide you with the expert care you need. Along with board certification, our radiologists have sub-specialty training and are supported by a team of skilled physician assistants and support staff. A timely report will then be sent to your ordering physician who will provide you with the results.


The Diagnostic Medical Sonographer is responsible to review the Physician Order and reason for exam, and prepare the patient for the exam/procedure. The Sonographer performs a variety of specialized medical ultrasound examinations/procedures to obtain high quality images for diagnostic interpretation in accordance with departmental protocols. The Sonographer may also assist the physician with US-guided procedures. Sonographers work closely with the Ultrasound leadership and the Radiologists. The Sonographer performs a variety of technical procedures that will require independent judgment, with integrity and initiative.


  • Completion of an accredited Medical Sonography program
  • Registered by the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers (ARDMS) with a minimum of one certification OR Registry-eligible with certification within one year of date of hire
  • Current Basic Life Support (BLS) certification
  • One year as a Diagnostic Medical Sonographer preferred
  • Must have in-depth knowledge of cross-sectional anatomy
  • Must have the ability to produce and evaluate quality images
  • Must be very conscientious and detail oriented person with excellent communication skills and demonstrate excellent customer service skills to deal effectively with patients, and various levels of hospital personnel, outside customers, and community groups


Reviews patients' charts and results from previous ultrasound examinations or other diagnostic studies, records patients' personal and medical information. Explains ultrasound procedures to patients in order to allay apprehensions and elicit cooperation using care, courtesy, tact, and empathy. Reviews requests for ultrasound procedures, using patient history and condition, physician recommendations, departmental guidelines and personal judgment to determine appropriate images per protocol (both static and cine) and measurements to be obtained. Performs diagnostic procedures by adjusting, manipulating and controlling a variety of complex ultrasound equipment and accessories. Demonstrates and applies knowledge of techniques, procedures, processes, equipment and materials and human anatomy to provide optimum images (both static and cine) for interpretation. Consults with the radiologist, and experienced associates to determine the need for additional images for comprehensive interpretation. Performs necessary re-imaging. Completes examinations in RadNet and marks exam as reviewed in PACS; assures patient history and all documents are scanned into PACS according to appropriate scanned document headers and exam is accurately assigned for interpretation. Ensures work area and equipment is maintained in a clean and orderly condition. Assures that all equipment is working and reports any operation or functional instrumentation problems to coordinator. Ensures supply par levels are properly maintained and reports status to coordinator. Assists in educational programs. Takes initiative to improve overall staff education by in-services, article distributions, with peers, student's one-on-one training sessions, and assists with new employee Orientation/Training as assigned. Adapts and cooperates with schedule changes and location changes by maintaining congenial relationships with all staff at all locations. Rotates shifts, weekends, and holidays as deemed appropriate by management, including assignments to other campuses. Assists in transporting patients as necessary. Demonstrates ability to schedule examinations, and the ability to perform related clerical duties such as answering telephones, locating prior imaging and reports. Maintains knowledge of current trends and developments in the field by reading appropriate books, journals and other literature and attending related seminars, conferences or continuing medical education programs. Maintains registry by obtaining necessary continuing education credits. Maintains BLS competency as evidenced by attendance at an annual BLS review. Practices sterile, isolation and aseptic techniques to prevent contamination. Maintains documentation of infection control procedures and activities. Abides by Infection Control policy relating to Intracavitary probe disinfection, to include all accurate documentation within the department at each location worked. Demonstrates ability to assist in the performance of aspiration, biopsy or operating room procedures maintaining sterilization, isolation and infection and infection control techniques to prevent contamination. Maintains good rapport and cooperative relationships. Approaches conflict in a constructive manner. Helps to identify problems, offer solutions, and participate in their resolution. Maintains the confidentiality of information acquired pertaining to patients, physicians, employees, and visitors to St. Joseph Mercy Health System. Discusses patient and hospital information only among appropriate personnel and in private. Ability to work pleasantly with all associates. Assumes responsibility for performance of job duties in the safest possible manner, to assure personal and coworker's safety. Reports all preventable hazards and unsafe practices immediately to management. Provides quality patient care by considering the age specific, developmental and cultural needs through competent clinical practice. Demonstrates unit/area competencies. Behaves in accordance with the Mission, Vision and Values of St. Joseph Mercy Health System.

Our Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion

Trinity Health is a family of 115,000 colleagues and nearly 26,000 physicians and clinicians across 25 states. Because we serve diverse populations, our colleagues are trained to recognize the cultural beliefs, values, traditions, language preferences, and health practices of the communities that we serve and to apply that knowledge to produce positive health outcomes. We also recognize that each of us has a different way of thinking and perceiving our world and that these differences often lead to innovative solutions.

Our dedication to diversity includes a unified workforce (through training and education, recruitment, retention, and development), commitment and accountability, communication, community partnerships, and supplier diversity.

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