Diagnostic Medical Sonography

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Job Description

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

Diagnostic medical sonographers have a to obtain and record an accurate patient history, and perform diagnostic procedures along. They must also obtain diagnostic images of the patient. Dms have to be able to analyze technical information, and be able to have independent judgement in recognizing the need to extend the scope of the procedure according to the diagnostic findings. To allow a physician to make a medical diagnosis for the patient, diagnostic medical sonographers must provide an oral or written summary of the technical findings accurately. They must also provide quality patient care. Diagnostic medical sonographers often collaborate with physicians and other members of the health care team. Sonographers must also be knowledgeable about, and limit the risk from, possible exposure to blood and body fluids. Many sonographers also assist in electronic and clerical scheduling, record keeping, and computerized image archiving. Sonographers may also have managerial or supervisory responsibilities.

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.

Education Required

There are a number of different ways to become a diagnostic medical sonographer. Training is offered by hospitals, colleges and vocational schools. However, most employers prefer job applicants who have completed a formal training program at a college or university, especially for those who have no prior experience working in health care. Most college programs in diagnostic medical sonography are 2-year programs which result in an associate's degree, though 4-year bachelor's degree programs also exist. In these programs, students take courses in physics, anatomy, physiology, medical ethics and patient care. Those who already work in health care may opt to enroll in a 1-year certificate program at a vocational school.

Personality Required

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.