Ingrid Herrera period 1
The responsibilities of an ultrasound technologist:
• Recording patient history and medical information
• Following a physicians orders and performing the diagnostic procedures
• Analyzing highly technical information
• Using critical thinking to assess and perform diagnostic images
• Define an oral or written summary of the diagnostic findings
• Assist patients with care during the procedure
• Collaboration with other healthcare professionals.
Average Hours/Working Schedule
MEDIAN HOURLY WAGE: $31.20*
Sonography tech programs can be found at community colleges and at some universities. Formal education is necessary for this highly specialized field, and most employers prefer an ultrasound tech to possess a state certification. Although one year certificate programs are available, the most common degree ultrasound technicians obtain is from an associate’s degree program. Bachelor programs are also available in ultrasound technology, and can be found in many universities throughout the country. The course of study typically includes:
• Human anatomy
• Medical terminology
• Interpretation of sonographic images
• Ultrasound equipment and troubleshooting
• Pregnancy and obstetrics
• Disease and pathophysiology
• Computer technology
• Diagnostics and imaging
Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.