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Diagnostic Medical Sonographer

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Diagnostic Medical Sonographer 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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How to Become a Diagnostic Medical Sonographer:

 

1. Graduate from a formal Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program

 

There are multiple avenues for entry into practice in the diagnostic medical sonography field. Training may be found in the following institutions:

  • Hospital training programs

  • Vocational-technical schools

  • College or university

  • Military service

Some educational programs give preference to applicants who have a background in science or health care experience. High school graduates with courses in math and science, and applicants with backgrounds in liberal arts may also be considered for admission.

Colleges and universities provide two- and four-year training programs that earn an associate degree or bachelor’s degree, respectively. The most popular programs are the two-year ones.

All programs should be accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP)

 

2. Earn the Required License and Certification

 

In order to become a Registered Diagnostic Medical Sonographer, candidates must complete the Sonography Principles & Instrumentation Examination through the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS).

The certification exam assess the knowledge and skills necessary to be successful, including physical principles, clinical safety, pulsed echo instrumentation, and quality assurance. The exam is 2 hours long with 110 multiple-choice and Semi-interactive Console (SIC) questions. However, to be eligible for the exam, aspiring registered medical sonographers must complete a physics course.

Click here for more information on the certification exam.

 

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Salary Outlook

Title Company Location Posted
12.05.2016
POSITION SUMMARY 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...
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*All Shifts: Rot Monday-Friday 8:30a-4:30p, may work 8a-4p or 9a-5p, e/o Saturday 8a-4p 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,...
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12.07.2016
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This position has direct authority for daily operations of the department, across multiple locations. This includes responsibilities for processes and activities such as hiring, staff development, performance management and evaluations,...
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