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Diagnostic Medical Sonographer

Sonography is the use of sound waves to generate an image for the assessment and diagnosis of various medical conditions. Sonographers, also known as ultrasonographers, use special equipment to direct non-ionizing, high frequency sound waves into areas of the patient’s body.

What do Sonographers do?

  • Obtain and record an accurate patient history
  • Provide for patient care and safety
  • Perform medical procedures to produce, evaluate and record diagnostic ultrasound images
  • Use independent judgment in recognizing the need to extend the scope of the procedure
  • Analyze technical findings using acquired knowledge
  • Provide a summary of technical findings to the interpreting physician to aid in the medical diagnosis

Types of Sonographers

  • General
  • Vascular
  • Echo
  • OB/Gyn

Types of work environments

  • Hospitals
  • Outpatient Clinics
  • Physicians' Offices
  • Freestanding Imaging Centers

Personality traits

  • Ability to provide one on one care
  • Willingness to work unusual hours, plus overtime and on call
  • Eagerness to learn is the key to advancement
  • Must keep up with rapidly advancing and exciting changes in imaging sciences
  • Good communication and interpersonal skills
  • A strong understanding of math, science and computer technology
  • Detail oriented
  • Ability to make independent decisions

Education requirements

  • 2-Year Academic Degree
  • Certification Required

Classes & clinicals

  • Cuyahoga Community College
  • Lorain County Community College

Salary Range

$52,570 and $73,680
US Department of Labor
Bureau of Labor Statistics
Occupational Outlook Handbook,
2010-2011 Edition
(Middle 50%)
(http://www.bls.gov/oco/oco1002.htm#diag)

$59,167 and $70,657
Salary.Com
(Middle 50%)
(http://www.salary.com/salary/index.asp

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