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
04.17.2019
Maine Medical Center Department: MaineHealth Maine Medical Center/Radiology Ultrasound Salary Std Hrs/Wk: Per Diem Shift: Flexible (As Needed) Full/Part Time: per diem Apply Internal Apply Create Job Alert Add to Cart Job Details:...
04.19.2019
We have one part-time opening in our Imaging Department for a Diagnostic Medical Sonographer . The position performs general ultrasound , vascular, and echocardiography examinations according to established protocol. Candidate must be willing to...
04.17.2019
Maine Medical Center Department: MaineHealth Maine Medical Center/Radiology Ultrasound Salary Std Hrs/Wk: Full Time Shift: Night Shift Full/Part Time: 36 Apply Internal Apply Create Job Alert Add to Cart Job Details: Diagnostic...
04.17.2019
Maine Medical Center Department: MaineHealth Maine Medical Center/Radiology Ultrasound Salary Std Hrs/Wk: Full Time Shift: Evening Shift Full/Part Time: 40 Apply Internal Apply Create Job Alert Add to Cart Job Details:...
04.16.2019
Diagnostic Medical Sonographer Full Time Board Certified Salary Range: $32.13 - $43.17 DOE PURPOSE OF POSITION: Under the direction of a radiologist perform a variety of ultrasound examinations & procedures with technical expertise....
04.19.2019
This position supports Mercy's philosophy of patient centered care by performing diagnostic ultrasounds and reporting the findings and diagnosis to the radiologist along with providing quality patient care to our patients. Job Specific...
04.19.2019
Performs all diagnostic ultrasound procedures fixed and mobile according to the policy and procedures that are provided by the department. A level II Sonographer must be registered in abdomen and OB/GYN. Currently practicing two (2) modalities....
04.19.2019
PRN Ultrasound "As needed" $29.28 per/hr+ $3.00 evening shift differential. Join our outstanding imaging team at Healthpark Medical Center Lee Health Performs all diagnostic ultrasound procedures fixed and mobile according to...
04.17.2019
Responsible for providing patient services using medical ultrasound under the supervision of a physician responsible for the use and interpretation of ultrasound procedures. Performs appropriate ultrasound procedures and records anatomical...
04.17.2019
Responsible for providing patient services using medical ultrasound under the supervision of a physician responsible for the use and interpretation of ultrasound procedures. Performs appropriate ultrasound procedures and records anatomical...
04.19.2019
Performs all diagnostic ultrasound/vascular procedures fixed and mobile according to the policy and procedures that are provided by the department. Assists the radiologist with designated diagnostic exams. Interacts with medical staff and other...
04.17.2019
Allina Health is dedicated to the prevention and treatment of illness and enhancing the greater health of individuals, families and communities throughout Minnesota and western Wisconsin. A not-for-profit health care system, Allina Health cares...
01.28.2019
Allina Health is dedicated to the prevention and treatment of illness and enhancing the greater health of individuals, families and communities throughout Minnesota and western Wisconsin. A not-for-profit health care system, Allina Health cares...
04.17.2019
VCU Health System's Department of Radiology is seeking a Sonographer to become a part of our Sonography team Responsibilities The practice of sonography is performed by an ultrasound technologist (sonographer) responsible for the...
02.07.2019
Allina Health is dedicated to the prevention and treatment of illness and enhancing the greater health of individuals, families and communities throughout Minnesota and western Wisconsin. A not-for-profit health care system, Allina Health cares...
  1. Diagnostic Medical Sonographer-Radiology Portland, ME MaineHealth
    Maine Medical Center Department: MaineHealth Maine Medical Center/Radiology Ultrasound Salary Std Hrs/Wk: Per Diem Shift: Flexible (As Needed) Full/Part Time: per diem Apply Internal Apply Create Job Alert Add to Cart Job Details:...
  2. Diagnostic Medical Sonographer Port Clinton, OH Magruder Hospital
    We have one part-time opening in our Imaging Department for a Diagnostic Medical Sonographer . The position performs general ultrasound , vascular, and echocardiography examinations according to established protocol. Candidate must be willing to...
  3. Diagnostic Medical Sonographer-Radiology Portland, ME MaineHealth
    Maine Medical Center Department: MaineHealth Maine Medical Center/Radiology Ultrasound Salary Std Hrs/Wk: Full Time Shift: Night Shift Full/Part Time: 36 Apply Internal Apply Create Job Alert Add to Cart Job Details: Diagnostic...
  4. Diagnostic Medical Sonographer-Radiology Portland, ME MaineHealth
    Maine Medical Center Department: MaineHealth Maine Medical Center/Radiology Ultrasound Salary Std Hrs/Wk: Full Time Shift: Evening Shift Full/Part Time: 40 Apply Internal Apply Create Job Alert Add to Cart Job Details:...
  5. Diagnostic Medical Sonographer Burns, OR Harney District Hospital
    Diagnostic Medical Sonographer Full Time Board Certified Salary Range: $32.13 - $43.17 DOE PURPOSE OF POSITION: Under the direction of a radiologist perform a variety of ultrasound examinations & procedures with technical expertise....
  6. Sonographer- Diagnostic Radiology Cedar Rapids, IA Mercy Cedar Rapids
    This position supports Mercy's philosophy of patient centered care by performing diagnostic ultrasounds and reporting the findings and diagnosis to the radiologist along with providing quality patient care to our patients. Job Specific...
  7. PRN Diagnostic Medical Sonographer - Coconut Point Fort Myers, FL Lee Health
    Performs all diagnostic ultrasound procedures fixed and mobile according to the policy and procedures that are provided by the department. A level II Sonographer must be registered in abdomen and OB/GYN. Currently practicing two (2) modalities....
  8. PRN Diagnostic Medical Sonographer Fort Myers, FL Lee Health
    PRN Ultrasound "As needed" $29.28 per/hr+ $3.00 evening shift differential. Join our outstanding imaging team at Healthpark Medical Center Lee Health Performs all diagnostic ultrasound procedures fixed and mobile according to...
  9. Diagnostic Medical Sonographer- Pediatric Diagnostic Imaging Charlottesville, Vi University of Virginia Health System
    Responsible for providing patient services using medical ultrasound under the supervision of a physician responsible for the use and interpretation of ultrasound procedures. Performs appropriate ultrasound procedures and records anatomical...
  10. Diagnostic Medical Sonographer - Outpatient Diagnostic (PRN/Wage) Charlottesville, Vi University of Virginia Health System
    Responsible for providing patient services using medical ultrasound under the supervision of a physician responsible for the use and interpretation of ultrasound procedures. Performs appropriate ultrasound procedures and records anatomical...
  11. PRN Diagnostic Vascular Medical Sonographer Fort Myers, FL Lee Health
    Performs all diagnostic ultrasound/vascular procedures fixed and mobile according to the policy and procedures that are provided by the department. Assists the radiologist with designated diagnostic exams. Interacts with medical staff and other...
  12. Diagnostic Sonographer Minneapolis, MN Allina Health
    Allina Health is dedicated to the prevention and treatment of illness and enhancing the greater health of individuals, families and communities throughout Minnesota and western Wisconsin. A not-for-profit health care system, Allina Health cares...
  13. Diagnostic Sonographer Minneapolis, MN Allina Health
    Allina Health is dedicated to the prevention and treatment of illness and enhancing the greater health of individuals, families and communities throughout Minnesota and western Wisconsin. A not-for-profit health care system, Allina Health cares...
  14. Sonographer Richmond, VA VCU Health System
    VCU Health System's Department of Radiology is seeking a Sonographer to become a part of our Sonography team Responsibilities The practice of sonography is performed by an ultrasound technologist (sonographer) responsible for the...
  15. Diagnostic Sonographer Minneapolis, MN Allina Health
    Allina Health is dedicated to the prevention and treatment of illness and enhancing the greater health of individuals, families and communities throughout Minnesota and western Wisconsin. A not-for-profit health care system, Allina Health cares...