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
06.20.2018
******Bring your passion for excellence and caring. Challenge yourself to be the very best as a PRN Diagnostic Medical Sonographer at Healthpark Medical Center. Learn and grow as we will grow together.****** This is a weekend 2nd shift PRN...
06.20.2018
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06.20.2018
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...
06.20.2018
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...
06.20.2018
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...
06.20.2018
This is complex clinical diagnostic work performing ultrasound procedures for use in the evaluation and treatment of patients. Position performs both adult and pediatric imaging in-house and at off-site Maine Medical Imaging Facilities. Work is...
01.03.2018
Functioning within the Health Systems mission, values, objectives, procedures and policies, the Diagnostic Cardiac Sonographer performs a variety of echocardiograms, obtaining M-Mode, 2D, and Doppler images, stress echo images, and Tran...
06.20.2018
Participates with directors in interviewing and hiring ultrasound staff. Coordinates orientation, development and competency assessment, of all ultrasound staff. Monitors quality of images with input/feedback from radiologists to assure that the...
06.20.2018
*****Bring your heart and compassion to this flexible shift ultrasound opportunity at Lee Memorial Hospital***** Performs all diagnostic ultrasound procedures fixed and mobile according to the policy and procedures that are provided by the...
03.26.2018
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...
06.20.2018
A Diagnostic Medical Sonographer is a professional qualified by academic experience, clinical training, and credentialing. This individual provides diagnostic services using ultrasound. The scope of practice includes procedures and processes, for...
06.20.2018
Overview 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...
06.20.2018
Overview 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...
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