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
04.25.2018
SUMMARY: Under the direction of a Radiologist, performs a variety of technical procedures that require independent judgment, ingenuity and initiative in the utilization of ultrasound for the diagnosis and treatment of disease in humans. Assumes...
04.25.2018
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...
04.25.2018
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...
04.25.2018
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...
04.25.2018
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...
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...
03.26.2018
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...
05.08.2017
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...
02.14.2018
Under the direction of the manager , supervising sonographer and the Medical Director, the student sonographer qualified by professional academic and clinical experience provides diagnostic patient care services using diagnostic medical...
11.15.2017
The duties of the Medical Sonographer will include obstetrical imaging under the direction of the Maternal Fetal Medicine Specialist. The MFM Sonographers follow the AIUM guidelines and protocols for scanning. The MFM sonographers need to be able...
04.25.2018
- 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...
04.25.2018
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...
04.25.2018
VCU Health System's Noninvasive Cardiology is seeking a Full Time - Cardiac Sonographer. The practice of ultrasonography is performed by an ultrasound technologist responsible for the administration of high frequency sound waves and other...
04.09.2018
: PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITY IS TO PERFORM HIGH QUALITY ULTRASOUND PROCEDURES TO INCLUDE CARDIOVASCULAR, VASCULAR AND DIAGNOSTIC PROCEDURES TO INCLUDE OB/GYN. WORKS IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE RADIOLOGIST AND CARDIOLOGIST TO PROVIDE DIAGNOSTIC...
02.07.2018
The Cardiac sonographer (Echocardiographer) functions as a healthcare provider who, working under the delegated authority of the supervising Cardiology physician, serves as a medical imaging professional providing clinically relevant information...
  1. Ultrasonographer/Diagnostic Medical Sonographer Portland, ME MaineHealth
    SUMMARY: Under the direction of a Radiologist, performs a variety of technical procedures that require independent judgment, ingenuity and initiative in the utilization of ultrasound for the diagnosis and treatment of disease in humans. Assumes...
  2. Diagnostic Medical Sonographer - X-Ray Bemidji, MN Sanford Health of Northern Minnesota
    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...
  3. Diagnostic Medical Sonographer FT - Radiology Bemidji, MN Sanford Health of Northern Minnesota
    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...
  4. Diagnostic Medical Sonographer-Radiology Ultrasound Salary Portland, ME MaineHealth
    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...
  5. Diagnostic Medical Sonographer **$2,500 Sign on Bonus** 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...
  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
    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...
  8. Diagnostic Medical Sonographer- Wage(Unbenefitted) Charlottesville, VA University of Virginia Health System
    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...
  9. STUDENT SONOGRAPHER Greenville, SC Greenville Health System
    Under the direction of the manager , supervising sonographer and the Medical Director, the student sonographer qualified by professional academic and clinical experience provides diagnostic patient care services using diagnostic medical...
  10. Medical Sonographer Bangor, ME Eastern Maine Medical Center
    The duties of the Medical Sonographer will include obstetrical imaging under the direction of the Maternal Fetal Medicine Specialist. The MFM Sonographers follow the AIUM guidelines and protocols for scanning. The MFM sonographers need to be able...
  11. 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...
  12. 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...
  13. Sonographer Richmond, VA VCU Health System
    VCU Health System's Noninvasive Cardiology is seeking a Full Time - Cardiac Sonographer. The practice of ultrasonography is performed by an ultrasound technologist responsible for the administration of high frequency sound waves and other...
  14. Cardiovascular Diagnostic Sonographer/Radiology Wagoner, OK Wagoner Community Hospital
    : PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITY IS TO PERFORM HIGH QUALITY ULTRASOUND PROCEDURES TO INCLUDE CARDIOVASCULAR, VASCULAR AND DIAGNOSTIC PROCEDURES TO INCLUDE OB/GYN. WORKS IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE RADIOLOGIST AND CARDIOLOGIST TO PROVIDE DIAGNOSTIC...
  15. CARDIAC SONOGRAPHER Albuquerque, NM The University of New Mexico Hospitals
    The Cardiac sonographer (Echocardiographer) functions as a healthcare provider who, working under the delegated authority of the supervising Cardiology physician, serves as a medical imaging professional providing clinically relevant information...