This guidance is to assist those facilities seeking accreditation or already accredited that wish to hire a graduate technologist who has not yet passed an ultrasound board certification exam.
Facilities hiring graduate technologists in ultrasound must have the following procedures in place:
Graduate technologists must perform all sonograms under the direct supervision of a qualified sonographer/technologist. This means that the qualified sonographer/technologist must be in the room for the entire procedure. ALL sonograms taken by the graduate must be checked by the qualified sonographer/technologist before the patient leaves the office.
After attaining adequate proficiency, the graduate technologist may perform sonograms without direct supervision, but ALL sonograms performed by the graduate must be checked by the qualified sonographer/technologist before the patient leaves the office.
Any technologist who has not attained ACR acceptable ultrasound credentials should not independently perform sonograms until such credentials are earned.
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