Diagnostic Medical Sonographer - Job Description, Duties, Education, Skills, Salary, & Growth

Diagnostic Medical Sonographer

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Job Description

 

Diagnostic medical sonographers are ultra sound professionals, qualified through professional credentials and clinical experience, who offer patients diagnostic imaging services. 

Most people think pregnancy when they consider sonography. Sound waves are used to generate images that allow assessment and diagnostic medical conditions.

These sound waves are what allow a fetus to be seen in the womb.

This technology, however, is used in other diagnostics and treatments of diseases of the heart and blood vessels, abdomen, and breast.

It is also vital in diagnosing and treating musculoskeletal problems and in monitoring of brain hemorrhaging and lung development in premature infants. 

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Responsibilities

 

Diagnostic medical sonographers work with patients from the moment they enter the hospital's Ultrasound Department, inquiring with them about their reason for being there and determining the proper course of action.

After obtain a sufficient medical history of the patient, sonographers work to make the correct diagnosis before moving forward.

Sonographers also work with all forms of imaging, not only ultrasound, including MRI, x-ray, CAT scans and nuclear medicine.

They are also ultimately responsible for the day-to-day operations of the sonographic laboratory, maintenance of sonographic equipment, maintaining patient schedules, quality assessments, and working to ensure the laboratory accreditation is upheld.

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Skills

 

Diagnostic medical sonographers must be able to effectively operate and maintain sonographic equipment, evaluate sonograms, and integrate laboratory results, patient histories, and medical records to come to an accurate diagnosis. 

Sonographers must be able to independently find the problems they're searching for and clearly communicate any findings to the attending physician or team of health care professionals.

They should also aim to forge strong connections with their team and patients and act quickly in emergency situations.

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Working Conditions

 

Diagnostic medical sonographers work a 35 - 40 hour work week, with most averaging around 37 total. They typically work in the Ultrasound Department of the hospital they're employed with and face-to-face with patients, gathering histories and working to diagnose ailments. 

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Salary Outlook

Title Company Location Posted
04.26.2017
To utilize frequency sound waves to produce images and evaluate these images, other diagnostic techniques and related raw data used by physicians to render a medical diagnosis. Performs all other duties as assigned. POSITION QUALIFICATIONS...
04.26.2017
To utilize frequency sound waves to produce images and evaluate these images, other diagnostic techniques and related raw data used by physicians to render a medical diagnosis. Performs all other duties as assigned. POSITION QUALIFICATIONS...
04.26.2017
Performs a variety of ultrasound examinations utilizing specialized ultrasound equipment to provide diagnostic results for the purpose of patient care. Patients of all ages served. Supports and implements patient safety and other safety...
03.27.2017
Performs high quality and accurate diagnostic ultrasound images. Interacts with patients, physicians, and staff in a professional and courteous manner. Maintains ultrasound equipment in optimum working condition. Applies knowledge of...
04.17.2017
Satisfactory completion of formal technology training. Registered or registry eligible by American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers or American Registry of Radiologic Technology in ultrasound (ARRT ultrasound) and obtain valid...
04.17.2017
Associates Degree Must have an Associate of Science degree in a health care related field and completion of an approved ultrasound training program; OR successful completion of an approved two year ultrasound training program; OR an Associate of...
12.14.2016
Cardiology Sonographer-Diagnostic Cardiology (Job ID: 20298) Cedar Rapids St. Luke's Hospital FTE: 0.010000 Shift: As needed General Description: Cardiac Sonographer to perform quality, diagnostic echocardiograms on both adult and...
04.28.2017
Cape Cod Healthcare is the leading provider of healthcare services for residents and visitors of Cape Cod. With more than 450 physicians, 4,700 employees, and 1,100 volunteers, Cape Cod Healthcare operates two-acute care hospitals, the Cape's...
04.26.2017
Diagnostic Sonographer - PRN / Varied Shifts (1725009) Job Description Diagnostic Sonographer - PRN / Varied Shifts-1725009 Description Performs diagnostic sonographic examinations utilizing ultrasonic equipment to locate, evaluate and...
04.26.2017
VCU Health System's Pediatrics EKG is seeking a full time Sonographer. Administers high frequency sound waves and other diagnostic techniques to humans of all ages (newborn to geriatric) for medical purposes. A Sonographer/Technologist performs...
04.26.2017
- Successful completion/graduate of a program required by job VCU Health System's Children's Hospital of Richmond Pavilion is seeking a full time Sonographer. The practice of ultrasonography is performed by an ultrasound technologist...
04.26.2017
- Successful completion/graduate of a program required by job VCU Health System's Radiology - US Main is seeking a full time Sonographer. The practice of ultrasonography is performed by an ultrasound technologist responsible for the...
04.19.2017
BASIC FUNCTION AND RESPONSIBILITY Perform a variety of ultrasound procedures and assist in invasive procedures and participate in teaching and evaluating sonography students. CHARACTERISTIC DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES A 100% sonographer...
02.03.2017
An extremely high responsibility is required in the performance of Ultrasound and the operation of the Ultrasound Section. Performs a variety of ultrasound procedures not requiring constant supervision. Maintains appropriate records and...
02.03.2017
An extremely high responsibility is required in the performance of Ultrasound and the operation of the Ultrasound Section. Performs a variety of ultrasound procedures not requiring constant supervision. Maintains...
  1. Diagnostic Medical Sonographer Jackson, MS Baptist Health Systems
    To utilize frequency sound waves to produce images and evaluate these images, other diagnostic techniques and related raw data used by physicians to render a medical diagnosis. Performs all other duties as assigned. POSITION QUALIFICATIONS...
  2. Diagnostic Medical Sonographer Jackson, MS Baptist Health Systems
    To utilize frequency sound waves to produce images and evaluate these images, other diagnostic techniques and related raw data used by physicians to render a medical diagnosis. Performs all other duties as assigned. POSITION QUALIFICATIONS...
  3. Diagnostic Medical Sonographer St. Cloud, MN CentraCare Health
    Performs a variety of ultrasound examinations utilizing specialized ultrasound equipment to provide diagnostic results for the purpose of patient care. Patients of all ages served. Supports and implements patient safety and other safety...
  4. Sonographer, Diagnostic Medical / Ultrasonographer St. Louis Park, MN Park Nicollet Health Services
    Performs high quality and accurate diagnostic ultrasound images. Interacts with patients, physicians, and staff in a professional and courteous manner. Maintains ultrasound equipment in optimum working condition. Applies knowledge of...
  5. Diagnostic Medical Sonographer Fort Wayne, IN Parkview Health
    Satisfactory completion of formal technology training. Registered or registry eligible by American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers or American Registry of Radiologic Technology in ultrasound (ARRT ultrasound) and obtain valid...
  6. Diagnostic Medical Sonographer Fort Wayne, IN Parkview Health
    Associates Degree Must have an Associate of Science degree in a health care related field and completion of an approved ultrasound training program; OR successful completion of an approved two year ultrasound training program; OR an Associate of...
  7. Cardiology Sonographer-Diagnostic Cardiology Cedar Rapids, IA UnityPoint Health - St. Luke's Hospital
    Cardiology Sonographer-Diagnostic Cardiology (Job ID: 20298) Cedar Rapids St. Luke's Hospital FTE: 0.010000 Shift: As needed General Description: Cardiac Sonographer to perform quality, diagnostic echocardiograms on both adult and...
  8. Registered Diagnostic Medical Sonographer (RDMS) Hyannis, MA Cape Cod Healthcare
    Cape Cod Healthcare is the leading provider of healthcare services for residents and visitors of Cape Cod. With more than 450 physicians, 4,700 employees, and 1,100 volunteers, Cape Cod Healthcare operates two-acute care hospitals, the Cape's...
  9. Diagnostic Sonographer - PRN / Varied Shifts St Petersburg, FL Bayfront Health St Petersburg
    Diagnostic Sonographer - PRN / Varied Shifts (1725009) Job Description Diagnostic Sonographer - PRN / Varied Shifts-1725009 Description Performs diagnostic sonographic examinations utilizing ultrasonic equipment to locate, evaluate and...
  10. Sonographer Richmond, VA VCU Health System
    VCU Health System's Pediatrics EKG is seeking a full time Sonographer. Administers high frequency sound waves and other diagnostic techniques to humans of all ages (newborn to geriatric) for medical purposes. A Sonographer/Technologist performs...
  11. Sonographer Richmond, VA VCU Health System
    - Successful completion/graduate of a program required by job VCU Health System's Children's Hospital of Richmond Pavilion is seeking a full time Sonographer. The practice of ultrasonography is performed by an ultrasound technologist...
  12. Sonographer Richmond, VA VCU Health System
    - Successful completion/graduate of a program required by job VCU Health System's Radiology - US Main is seeking a full time Sonographer. The practice of ultrasonography is performed by an ultrasound technologist responsible for the...
  13. SONOGRAPHER Iowa City, IA University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics
    BASIC FUNCTION AND RESPONSIBILITY Perform a variety of ultrasound procedures and assist in invasive procedures and participate in teaching and evaluating sonography students. CHARACTERISTIC DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES A 100% sonographer...
  14. Sonographer Fort Dodge, IA UnityPoint Health-Fort Dodge
    An extremely high responsibility is required in the performance of Ultrasound and the operation of the Ultrasound Section. Performs a variety of ultrasound procedures not requiring constant supervision. Maintains appropriate records and...
  15. Sonographer Fort Dodge, IA UnityPoint Health-Fort Dodge
    An extremely high responsibility is required in the performance of Ultrasound and the operation of the Ultrasound Section. Performs a variety of ultrasound procedures not requiring constant supervision. Maintains...