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
08.08.2017
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...
08.08.2017
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...
08.08.2017
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...
08.21.2017
Find more than a job. Find more in yourself. Find your calling. Essentia Health seeks employees who embrace our commitment to patient-and family-centered care in communities both large and small. Were looking for people who are committed to...
08.21.2017
Find more than a job. Find more in yourself. Find your calling. Essentia Health seeks employees who embrace our commitment to patient-and family-centered care in communities both large and small. Were looking for people who are committed to...
08.21.2017
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...
08.21.2017
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...
08.21.2017
Will also cover at Wilkens and Fontaine. 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...
08.21.2017
Hours: Mainly 1p-9p, may be 7-3, 7-3:30, 8-4, 11-7, 1-9, 3-11, 3:30-11:30 or 4-12a. Will rotate between Wilkens and Fontaine. Cape Cod Healthcare is the leading provider of healthcare services for residents and visitors of Cape Cod. With...
08.18.2017
- Successful completion/graduate of a program required by job VCU Health System's NOW Radiology is seeking a PRN (hourly) Sonographer. The practice of ultrasonography is performed by an ultrasound technologist responsible for the...
08.18.2017
- Successful completion/graduate of a program required by job VCU Health System's Radiology - US Main is seeking a full time primary Breast Sonographer. The practice of breast ultrasonography is performed by an ultrasound technologist...
08.18.2017
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...
08.21.2017
Summary 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....
08.18.2017
VCU Health System's Peripheral Vascular Lab is seeking a Full Time/Evening - Sonographer. The practice of ultrasonography is performed by an ultrasound technologist responsible for the administration of high frequency sound waves and other...
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...
  1. 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 of...
  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 of...
  3. 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 of...
  4. Diagnostic Sonographer (0.6 FTE) Duluth, MN Essentia Health
    Find more than a job. Find more in yourself. Find your calling. Essentia Health seeks employees who embrace our commitment to patient-and family-centered care in communities both large and small. Were looking for people who are committed to...
  5. Diagnostic Sonographer (0.7 FTE) Duluth, MN Essentia Health
    Find more than a job. Find more in yourself. Find your calling. Essentia Health seeks employees who embrace our commitment to patient-and family-centered care in communities both large and small. Were looking for people who are committed to...
  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
    Will also cover at Wilkens and Fontaine. 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...
  9. Registered Diagnostic Medical Sonographer (RDMS) Hyannis, MA Cape Cod Healthcare
    Hours: Mainly 1p-9p, may be 7-3, 7-3:30, 8-4, 11-7, 1-9, 3-11, 3:30-11:30 or 4-12a. Will rotate between Wilkens and Fontaine. Cape Cod Healthcare is the leading provider of healthcare services for residents and visitors of Cape Cod. With...
  10. Sonographer Richmond, VA VCU Health System
    - Successful completion/graduate of a program required by job VCU Health System's NOW Radiology is seeking a PRN (hourly) Sonographer. The practice of ultrasonography is performed by an ultrasound technologist responsible for the...
  11. Sonographer Richmond, VA VCU Health System
    - Successful completion/graduate of a program required by job VCU Health System's Radiology - US Main is seeking a full time primary Breast Sonographer. The practice of breast ultrasonography is performed by an ultrasound technologist...
  12. 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...
  13. Sonographer Cedar Rapids, IA Mercy Cedar Rapids
    Summary 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....
  14. Sonographer Richmond, VA VCU Health System
    VCU Health System's Peripheral Vascular Lab is seeking a Full Time/Evening - Sonographer. The practice of ultrasonography is performed by an ultrasound technologist responsible for the administration of high frequency sound waves and other...
  15. 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...