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
10.18.2017
We have one full-time and 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...
10.12.2017
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...
04.01.2017
Functioning within the Hospitals mission, values, objectives, policies and procedures the echocardiography technician performs echocardiograms, obtaining M-Mode, 2D, and Doppler images, stress echo images, and Tran esophageal echo images. S/he...
04.01.2017
Functioning within the Hospitals mission, values, objectives, policies and procedures the echocardiography technician performs echocardiograms, obtaining M-Mode, 2D, and Doppler images, stress echo images, and Tran esophageal echo images. S/he...
12.20.2016
TO UTILIZE EQUIPMENT TO PERFORM ULTRASOUND DIAGNOSTIC PROCEDURES, MAKING USE OF SONIC ENERGY TO PRODUCE VISUAL IMAGES OF ORGANS, TISSUES, OR BLOOD FLOW INSIDE THE BODY FOR INTERPRETATION AND DIAGNOSIS BY A PHYSICIAN. TO SCHEDULE PATIENTS,...
10.18.2017
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...
10.18.2017
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...
10.18.2017
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...
10.18.2017
*Shifts: Primarily 3p-11p, may work 8a-4p, 11a-7p, 1p-9p, 4p-12a. Rotate between Fontaine and Wilkens. Cape Cod Healthcare is the leading provider of healthcare services for residents and visitors of Cape Cod. With more than 450 physicians,...
10.18.2017
May rotate between Ultrasound and FMC based on department needs. 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,...
10.18.2017
May rotate between Fontaine and Wilkens 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...
06.14.2017
The student Sonographer provides assistance in non-invasive vascular/cardiac testing under the direct supervision of a trained Sonographer. This individual collaborates with customers to assure quality testing. The incumbent has access to...
08.23.2017
Req ID: 37119 Vascular UltrasoundCompetently utilizes Ultrasound equipment to perform routine and specialized Vascular Ultrasound procedures Demonstrates anatomy under investigation through proper patient positioning, technique, and transducer...
10.13.2017
Req ID: 38451 Ultrasonography Competently utilizes Ultrasound equipment to perform routine and specialized Ultrasound procedures Demonstrates anatomy under investigation through proper patient positioning, technique, and transducer selection...
10.13.2017
Req ID: 38452 Ultrasonography Competently utilizes Ultrasound equipment to perform routine and specialized Ultrasound procedures Demonstrates anatomy under investigation through proper patient positioning, technique, and transducer selection...
  1. Diagnostic Medical Sonographer Port Clinton, OH Magruder Hospital
    We have one full-time and 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...
  2. Diagnostic Medical Sonographer Fort Wayne, IN Parkview Health
    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...
  3. PRN Diagnostic Cardiac Sonographer-Registered #921 Lima, OH Lima Memorial Health System
    Functioning within the Hospitals mission, values, objectives, policies and procedures the echocardiography technician performs echocardiograms, obtaining M-Mode, 2D, and Doppler images, stress echo images, and Tran esophageal echo images. S/he...
  4. PRN Diagnostic Cardiac Sonographer-Registered #921 Lima, OH Lima Memorial Health System
    Functioning within the Hospitals mission, values, objectives, policies and procedures the echocardiography technician performs echocardiograms, obtaining M-Mode, 2D, and Doppler images, stress echo images, and Tran esophageal echo images. S/he...
  5. REG DIAGNOSTIC SONOGRAPHER-PRN Jackson, MS University of Mississippi Medical Center
    TO UTILIZE EQUIPMENT TO PERFORM ULTRASOUND DIAGNOSTIC PROCEDURES, MAKING USE OF SONIC ENERGY TO PRODUCE VISUAL IMAGES OF ORGANS, TISSUES, OR BLOOD FLOW INSIDE THE BODY FOR INTERPRETATION AND DIAGNOSIS BY A PHYSICIAN. TO SCHEDULE PATIENTS,...
  6. Registered Diagnostic Medical Sonographer (RDMS) Hyannis, MA Cape Cod Healthcare
    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...
  7. Registered Diagnostic Medical Sonographer (RDMS) Hyannis, MA Cape Cod Healthcare
    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...
  8. Registered Diagnostic Medical Sonographer (RDMS) Hyannis, MA Cape Cod Healthcare
    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...
  9. Registered Diagnostic Medical Sonographer (RDMS) Hyannis, MA Cape Cod Healthcare
    *Shifts: Primarily 3p-11p, may work 8a-4p, 11a-7p, 1p-9p, 4p-12a. Rotate between Fontaine and Wilkens. Cape Cod Healthcare is the leading provider of healthcare services for residents and visitors of Cape Cod. With more than 450 physicians,...
  10. Registered Diagnostic Medical Sonographer (RDMS) Hyannis, MA Cape Cod Healthcare
    May rotate between Ultrasound and FMC based on department needs. 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,...
  11. Registered Diagnostic Medical Sonographer (RDMS) Hyannis, MA Cape Cod Healthcare
    May rotate between Fontaine and Wilkens 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...
  12. Student Staff Sonographer (Casual) Noninvasive Diagnostic Chillicothe, OH Adena Health System
    The student Sonographer provides assistance in non-invasive vascular/cardiac testing under the direct supervision of a trained Sonographer. This individual collaborates with customers to assure quality testing. The incumbent has access to...
  13. Diagnostic Sonographer Minneapolis, MN Allina Health
    Req ID: 37119 Vascular UltrasoundCompetently utilizes Ultrasound equipment to perform routine and specialized Vascular Ultrasound procedures Demonstrates anatomy under investigation through proper patient positioning, technique, and transducer...
  14. Diagnostic Sonographer Minneapolis, MN Allina Health
    Req ID: 38451 Ultrasonography Competently utilizes Ultrasound equipment to perform routine and specialized Ultrasound procedures Demonstrates anatomy under investigation through proper patient positioning, technique, and transducer selection...
  15. Diagnostic Sonographer Minneapolis, MN Allina Health
    Req ID: 38452 Ultrasonography Competently utilizes Ultrasound equipment to perform routine and specialized Ultrasound procedures Demonstrates anatomy under investigation through proper patient positioning, technique, and transducer selection...