Diagnostic Medical Sonography
As a diagnostic medical sonographer, also known as ultrasound technicians, you use high frequency sound waves to produce an image of your patient's body. These images would be used for physicians to make a medical diagnosis. Diagnostic medical sonographers use a device called a transducer which acts as a loudspeaker and a microphone.
Sonographers have extensive, direct patient contact that may include performing some invasive procedures. They must be able to interact compassionately and effectively with people who range from healthy to critically ill.
Responsibilities of a Diagnostic Medical Sonographer
Benefits of this Career
Even during economic downtimes, the need for diagnostic medical sonographers has increased year by year. This is due to the use of ultrasound as a main way to observe what is wrong with a patient. This means that no matter how bad the economy gets, and no matter how many jobs are lost, diagnostic medical sonographers can be safe by knowing that their jobs will always be secure.Not only does a diagnostic medical sonographer receive excellent health benefits, but they also extend down to their family as well. Ultrasound technicians learn a lot from ultrasound tech school, but they continue to learn on the job. Because they do all the scans, they discuss what could be wrong with the patient with the doctors. This gaining of knowledge can be used to move up to higher positions in the medical field. Ultrasound technicians have been growing in demand over the years. In fact, it is one of the fastest growing areas within the ENTIRE medical industry. Benefits generally include medical, dental, life, and vision insurance as well as vacation, sick leave, and retirement plans. In addition, some employers pay for job-related training courses.
Diagnostic medical sonographers must be: consistent, focused, steady, perceptive, careful, attentive, disciplined, committed, caring, adaptable, discerning, and flexible.
A Diagnostic Medical Sonographer earns an average wage of $27.32 per hour, and an average annual salary of $59,620.