This is a Highly Sensitive Position and a satisfactory Criminal Record Check, along with a clear Vulnerable Sector Check is required.
This employment opportunity is open to all applicants.
Under the supervision of the Director, Kitikmeot Regional Health Facility, the Ultrasonographer provides ultrasound services to the patients as directed by the medical staff, with adherence to the Code of Ethics and the established standards of radiological practice; will proficiently scan, interpret and produce quality images for accurate and timely diagnosis of patients; performs clerical work associated with the department; assists in the basic maintenance of the equipment; participates in in-house education and is available as a resource to the nurses in the Community Health Centres.
The Ultrasonographer is instrumental in providing diagnostic imaging services to the region. The incumbent utilizes ultrasound equipment to independently produce and interpret high quality sonographic images as required by the Radiologist to complete accurate diagnosis of patients.
The Ultrasonographer independently performs sonographic examinations on a variety of internal structures including the audit and pediatric neck, abdomen, pelvis, scrotum, deep leg veins, breast and the pregnant abdomen which includes the developing fetus. Sonography is often the only method of diagnosing specific disease states. When performing sonographic examinations the incumbent will interpret the anatomy scanned and which images to document and forward to Radiologist based on what within the scans (i.e. identification of pathological changes if internal anatomy). If existing pathology is not recognized and documented by the Sonographer, it will go undetected.
Many of the exams performed by the Sonographer may cause significant levels of discomfort to the patients as the ultrasound transducer is always in direct contact with the patient’s skin (i.e. including but not limited to examinations of the scrotum, breast and pelvis-via the vagina). The incumbent must maintain a high degree of professionalism in order to ease the patient’s anxiety.
Quality Assurance and regular equipment maintenance is performed in the department on a regular basis.
This position impacts on the excellence of patient care, treatment and diagnosis provided by the health care team.
Due to the remoteness of the health centre from major referral centres, the incumbent must have a thorough and comprehensive understanding of Ultrasound plus equipment maintenance and repair.
This level of knowledge is typically acquired through the successful completion of a recognized and accredited 2 year paramedical diploma, current registration with the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers (ARDMS), Canadian Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers (CSDMD) and/or Canadian Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers (CARDUP), successful completion of a 12 month sonography program and 3 years directly related sonography experience. Specialized knowledge of ultrasound physics is required to create and interpret images produced. Must possess an advanced knowledge of internal anatomy and physiology of all areas to be examined sonographically and be able to seek out and recognize pathological changes of internal anatomy, including knowledge of and an understanding of pathologies which may affect the internal structures.
Continuing Education is required to maintain the ARDMS/CSDMS/CARDUP registration and stay current with the ever changing technology (30 hours of continuing sonography education must be completed every 3 years)
The incumbent must have annual certification in CPR and WHIMS.
Equivalencies that consist of an acceptable combination of education, experience, knowledge, skills and abilities may be considered.
Knowledge of Inuit language, communities, culture, land and Inuit Qaujimajatugangit is an asset.