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
02.23.2018
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02.23.2018
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...
02.23.2018
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...
02.23.2018
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02.20.2018
The Registered Pediatric Cardiac Sonographer is responsible for obtaining trans-thoracic echocardiograms including real time, pulsed Doppler, continuous wave Doppler, color Doppler and fetal echoes (when applicable). Compiles data required by the...
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...
01.08.2018
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...
02.23.2018
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...
02.23.2018
EMPLOYEE REFERRAL BONUS AVAILABLE VCU Health System's Pediatrics EKG 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...
02.23.2018
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...
02.23.2018
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,...
02.23.2018
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...
02.23.2018
*Shifts: Primarily 4p-12a, may work 1p-9p,3p-11p, 3:30p-11:30p 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,...
02.23.2018
- Successful completion/graduate of a program required by job VCU Health System's Imaging Supplemental Staffing is seeking a PRN (hourly) Sonographer that will be required to work various locations and shifts including weekends and reduced...
02.23.2018
VCU Health System's Radiology - Us Main department is seeking a Full Time Sonographer that will be required to work various locations and shifts including weekends and reduced staffing days. The practice of ultrasonography is performed by an...
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  2. Diagnostic Medical Sonographer - X-Ray Bemidji, MN Sanford Health of Northern Minnesota
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  5. Cardiac Sonographer- Cardiology Diagnostic Columbus, OH Nationwide Children's Hospital
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  6. PRN Diagnostic Cardiac Sonographer-Registered Lima, OH Lima Memorial Health System
    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...
  7. Diagnostic Medical Sonographer- Full Time Charlottesville, VA University of Virginia Health System
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  8. REGISTERED DIAGNOSTIC CARDIAC SONOGRAPHER - Cardiovascular Ctr Hyannis, MA Cape Cod Healthcare
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  9. Sonographer Richmond, VA VCU Health System
    EMPLOYEE REFERRAL BONUS AVAILABLE VCU Health System's Pediatrics EKG 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...
  10. 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...
  11. 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,...
  12. 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...
  13. Registered Diagnostic Medical Sonographer (RDMS) Hyannis, MA Cape Cod Healthcare
    *Shifts: Primarily 4p-12a, may work 1p-9p,3p-11p, 3:30p-11:30p 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,...
  14. Sonographer Richmond, VA VCU Health System
    - Successful completion/graduate of a program required by job VCU Health System's Imaging Supplemental Staffing is seeking a PRN (hourly) Sonographer that will be required to work various locations and shifts including weekends and reduced...
  15. Sonographer Richmond, VA VCU Health System
    VCU Health System's Radiology - Us Main department is seeking a Full Time Sonographer that will be required to work various locations and shifts including weekends and reduced staffing days. The practice of ultrasonography is performed by an...