Diagnostic Medical Sonographers operate ultrasound equipment to produce and record images of the motion, shape, and composition of blood, organs, tissues, or bodily masses, such as fluid accumulations. Select appropriate equipment settings and adjust patient positions to obtain the best sites and angles. Provide sonogram and oral or written summary of technical findings to physician for use in medical diagnosis.
WHAT SKILLS & TRAINING ARE NEEDED?
- Speaking — Talking to others to convey information effectively.
- Critical Thinking — Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
- 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.
- Reading Comprehension — Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
- Social Perceptiveness — Being aware of others’ reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
Diagnostic Medical Sonographers require an Associate’s degree or higher. Some post-secondary certifications are available to enter into the field.
HOW DO I KNOW IF THIS IS A GOOD FIT FOR ME?
- You like to adjust settings or positions of medical equipment.
- You like to monitor video displays of medical equipment to ensure proper functioning.
- You like to operate diagnostic imaging equipment.
WHERE CAN I PURSUE ALIGNED TRAINING?
Cardiac Sonographer, Cardiac/Vascular Sonographer, Diagnostic Medical Sonographer, Medical Sonographer, Registered Diagnostic Medical Sonographer (RDMS), Sonographer, Staff Sonographer, Ultrasonographer, Ultrasound Technician (Ultrasound Tech), Ultrasound Technologist (Ultrasound Tech)