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 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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Salary Outlook

Title Company Location Posted
02.27.2017
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...
02.24.2017
Satisfactory completion of formal technology training. Registered or registry eligible by American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers or American Registry of Radiologic Technology in ultrasound (ARRT ultrasound) and obtain valid...
02.24.2017
Associates Degree Must have an Associate of Science degree in a health care related field and completion of an approved ultrasound training program; OR successful completion of an approved two year ultrasound training program; OR an Associate of...
02.27.2017
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02.27.2017
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02.27.2017
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02.24.2017
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02.27.2017
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02.27.2017
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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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  1. Registered Diagnostic Medical Sonographer (RDMS) Hyannis, MA Cape Cod Healthcare
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