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

Sonographers employ 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
12.13.2017
Responsible for performing ultrasounds in a professional and diagnostic manner. Uses cognitive sonographic skills to identify and record appropriate anatomical, pathological, and diagnostic images The sonographer must thoroughly understand the...
12.13.2017
Find more than a job. Find more in yourself. Find your calling. Essentia Health seeks employees who embrace our commitment to patient-and family-centered care in communities both large and small. Were looking for people who are committed to...
09.29.2017
Associates Degree Summary Operates diagnostic sonography equipment and performs diagnostic imaging procedures in accordance with department policy and procedures. Operates within the "Practice Standards" and "Code of...
07.11.2017
The Registered Pediatric Cardiac Sonographer is responsible for obtaining diagnostic transthoracic and fetal echocardiograms and compiling preliminary reports on all exams requested by the pediatric cardiologist. Must demonstrate competencies...
12.13.2017
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...
04.01.2017
Functioning within the Hospitals mission, values, objectives, policies and procedures the echocardiography technician performs echocardiograms, obtaining M-Mode, 2D, and Doppler images, stress echo images, and Tran esophageal echo images. S/he...
04.01.2017
Functioning within the Hospitals mission, values, objectives, policies and procedures the echocardiography technician performs echocardiograms, obtaining M-Mode, 2D, and Doppler images, stress echo images, and Tran esophageal echo images. S/he...
09.05.2017
Responsible for providing patient services using medical ultrasound under the supervision of a physician responsible for the use and interpretation of ultrasound procedures. ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: Performs appropriate...
12.20.2016
TO UTILIZE EQUIPMENT TO PERFORM ULTRASOUND DIAGNOSTIC PROCEDURES, MAKING USE OF SONIC ENERGY TO PRODUCE VISUAL IMAGES OF ORGANS, TISSUES, OR BLOOD FLOW INSIDE THE BODY FOR INTERPRETATION AND DIAGNOSIS BY A PHYSICIAN. TO SCHEDULE PATIENTS,...
09.19.2017
An Echocardiography Sonographer is a Diagnostic Medical Sonographer Professional that is qualified by professional credentialing and academic and clinical experience to provide diagnostic patient care services using ultrasound and related...
12.04.2017
Under the direction of the manager , supervising sonographer and the Medical Director, the student sonographer qualified by professional academic and clinical experience provides diagnostic patient care services using diagnostic medical...
06.14.2017
The student Sonographer provides assistance in non-invasive vascular/cardiac testing under the direct supervision of a trained Sonographer. This individual collaborates with customers to assure quality testing. The incumbent has access to...
12.13.2017
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...
12.13.2017
May rotate between Ultrasound and FMC based on department needs. 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,...
12.13.2017
May rotate between Fontaine and Wilkens 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...
  1. Diagnostic Medical Sonographer - X-Ray Bemidji, MN Sanford Health of Northern Minnesota
    Responsible for performing ultrasounds in a professional and diagnostic manner. Uses cognitive sonographic skills to identify and record appropriate anatomical, pathological, and diagnostic images The sonographer must thoroughly understand the...
  2. Diagnostic Sonographer (1.0 FTE) Duluth, MN Essentia Health
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  3. Diagnostic Medical Sonographer Fort Wayne, IN Parkview Health
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  4. Senior Cardiac Sonographer - Cardiology Diagnostic Columbus, OH Nationwide Children's Hospital
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  5. REGISTERED DIAGNOSTIC CARDIAC SONOGRAPHER - Cardiovascular Ctr Hyannis, MA Cape Cod Healthcare
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  6. PRN Diagnostic Cardiac Sonographer-Registered #921 Lima, OH Lima Memorial Health System
    Functioning within the Hospitals mission, values, objectives, policies and procedures the echocardiography technician performs echocardiograms, obtaining M-Mode, 2D, and Doppler images, stress echo images, and Tran esophageal echo images. S/he...
  7. PRN Diagnostic Cardiac Sonographer-Registered #921 Lima, OH Lima Memorial Health System
    Functioning within the Hospitals mission, values, objectives, policies and procedures the echocardiography technician performs echocardiograms, obtaining M-Mode, 2D, and Doppler images, stress echo images, and Tran esophageal echo images. S/he...
  8. Diagnostic Medical Sonographer - Fetal Care Charlottesville, VA University of Virginia Health System
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  9. REG DIAGNOSTIC SONOGRAPHER-PRN Jackson, MS University of Mississippi Medical Center
    TO UTILIZE EQUIPMENT TO PERFORM ULTRASOUND DIAGNOSTIC PROCEDURES, MAKING USE OF SONIC ENERGY TO PRODUCE VISUAL IMAGES OF ORGANS, TISSUES, OR BLOOD FLOW INSIDE THE BODY FOR INTERPRETATION AND DIAGNOSIS BY A PHYSICIAN. TO SCHEDULE PATIENTS,...
  10. Echocardiography Sonographer Charlottesville, VA University of Virginia Health System
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  11. STUDENT SONOGRAPHER Greenville, SC Greenville Health System
    Under the direction of the manager , supervising sonographer and the Medical Director, the student sonographer qualified by professional academic and clinical experience provides diagnostic patient care services using diagnostic medical...
  12. Student Staff Sonographer (Casual) Noninvasive Diagnostic Chillicothe, OH Adena Health System
    The student Sonographer provides assistance in non-invasive vascular/cardiac testing under the direct supervision of a trained Sonographer. This individual collaborates with customers to assure quality testing. The incumbent has access to...
  13. 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...
  14. Registered Diagnostic Medical Sonographer (RDMS) Hyannis, MA Cape Cod Healthcare
    May rotate between Ultrasound and FMC based on department needs. 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,...
  15. Registered Diagnostic Medical Sonographer (RDMS) Hyannis, MA Cape Cod Healthcare
    May rotate between Fontaine and Wilkens 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...