Diagnostic Medical Sonographer

Diagnostic Medical Sonographer

Alt Names: Ultrasound Technologist, Certified Ultrasound Technologist, Radiologic Technologist, Diagnostic Medical Sonographer, Medical Sonographer, Cardiac Sonographer, Registered Diagnostic Medical Sonographer, RDMS, Ultrasound Technician, Echocardiography Technician (Echo Tech), Ultrasonographer, Cardiac Medical Sonographer

Career Description

These professionals use special equipment designed to direct sound waves into patients’ bodies in order to to assess patients’ condition(s).

Radiologic Technologists focus more on still imaging such as x-rays for patients.

 

Job Responsibilities

  • Prepare, sterilize, and maintain imaging equipment

  • Record image findings and take down patients medical record information

  • Prepare patients for procedure

  • Apply gel on areas which will be screened

  • Analyze images and sounds in order to check for normalities or abnormalities

  • Provide results to appropriate personnel

Education & Training

  • Earn either Associates or Bachelors degree in accredited program teaching Sonography

Important Courses & Info:

  • Some Sonographers graduate with either Radiologic Technologist, or nursing degrees and receive on-the-job training for position by employers

License and/or Certification

  • Certification is gained upon completion of accredited program and certification exam

Salary

2010 Median Pay: $54,340 – $64, 380 per year [Source: BLS.Gov ; BLS.Gov]

Valuable Skills & Qualities

This occupation is good for people who are:

  • Self-motivated

  • Visionaries

  • Good communicators

  • Empathetic

  • Have high ethical standards

Work Environment/Setting

Physician Offices, Hospitals, Outpatient Centers, Medical and Diagnostic Laboratories, Imaging Clinics

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