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
06.26.2019
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:...
06.26.2019
We have one PRN 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 train...
06.26.2019
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...
06.26.2019
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:...
06.26.2019
Halifax Health is seeking an Ultrasound Technologist for the Radiology - Ultrasound Department. Summary The Diagnostic Sonographer utilizes high frequency sound waves and other diagnostic techniques for medical diagnosis. The professional...
06.26.2019
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...
05.06.2019
The Staff Sonographer provides noninvasive vascular/cardiac testing using ultrasound skills and other noninvasive testing modalities knowledge. This individual collaborates with customers to assure quality testing. The incumbent has access to...
05.15.2019
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...
06.26.2019
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...
06.26.2019
PositionSummary The Sonographer performs all diagnostic ultrasound examinations that create the images needed for diagnosis. The Sonographer integrates scientific knowledge and technical skills with effective patient interaction to provide...
05.31.2019
The student sonographer provides assistance in noninvasive cardiac and vascular testing under the direct supervision of a staff sonographer. This individual complies with the department policy and procedures. This individual in enrolled in a...
06.26.2019
Under the general direction of the Director of Cardiology Services, performs diagnostic echocardiograms for subsequent interpretation by a Cardiologist. Qualifications: ARDMS or eligible. Current CPR skills, 1 year experience preferred.
06.26.2019
VCU Health System's Noninvasive Cardiology is seeking a full time Sonographer. The practice of ultrasonography is performed by an ultrasound technologist responsible for the administration of high frequency sound waves and other diagnostic...
06.26.2019
VCU Health System's Noninvasive Peds Cardiology is seeking a part time Sonographer. The practice of ultrasonography is performed by an ultrasound technologist responsible for the administration of high frequency sound waves and other diagnostic...
04.24.2019
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 PRN 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 train...
  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. Ultrasound Technologist (Diagnostic Sonographer) - Radiology Daytona Beach, FL Halifax Health
    Halifax Health is seeking an Ultrasound Technologist for the Radiology - Ultrasound Department. Summary The Diagnostic Sonographer utilizes high frequency sound waves and other diagnostic techniques for medical diagnosis. The professional...
  6. Sonographer- Diagnostic RadiologyFEATURED 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. Staff Sonographer (PT 50%) Noninvasive Diagnostic Chillicothe, OH Adena Health System
    The Staff Sonographer provides noninvasive vascular/cardiac testing using ultrasound skills and other noninvasive testing modalities knowledge. This individual collaborates with customers to assure quality testing. The incumbent has access to...
  8. 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...
  9. 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...
  10. Sonographer Flemington, NJ Hunterdon Healthcare
    PositionSummary The Sonographer performs all diagnostic ultrasound examinations that create the images needed for diagnosis. The Sonographer integrates scientific knowledge and technical skills with effective patient interaction to provide...
  11. Student Staff Sonographer (Casual) Noninvasive Diagnostic Services Chillicothe, OH Adena Health System
    The student sonographer provides assistance in noninvasive cardiac and vascular testing under the direct supervision of a staff sonographer. This individual complies with the department policy and procedures. This individual in enrolled in a...
  12. Diagnostic Cardiac Sonographer Milford, MA Milford Regional Medical Center
    Under the general direction of the Director of Cardiology Services, performs diagnostic echocardiograms for subsequent interpretation by a Cardiologist. Qualifications: ARDMS or eligible. Current CPR skills, 1 year experience preferred.
  13. Sonographer Richmond, VA VCU Health System
    VCU Health System's Noninvasive Cardiology is seeking a full time Sonographer. The practice of ultrasonography is performed by an ultrasound technologist responsible for the administration of high frequency sound waves and other diagnostic...
  14. Sonographer Richmond, VA VCU Health System
    VCU Health System's Noninvasive Peds Cardiology is seeking a part time Sonographer. The practice of ultrasonography is performed by an ultrasound technologist responsible for the administration of high frequency sound waves and other diagnostic...
  15. Diagnostic Sonographer - Casual 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...