A diagnostic medical sonographer is the person who would make use of high frequency sound waves in a well known imaging technique called ultrasonography for the purpose of creating an acoustic window into the human body. These sound waves would bounce off of our internal organs and would return to a device which would transform them into real-time images of the interior parts.
The images that are being produced by the sonographers would help radiologists and physicians pinpointing the locations of problems in soft tissues. Some sonographers would even assist the physicians and surgeons during surgical procedures. The sonographers could work in a variety of settings like doctors’ offices to medical labs.
As a diagnostic medical sonographer, your roles and responsibilities would include the following:
Preparing the patients for procedures by taking down the patients’ history
Answering any questions about the sonography procedure
Preparing and maintaining diagnostic imaging equipments
Operating the equipments in order to obtain diagnostic images or to conduct tests
Analyzing the images and test results for checking the quality and adequate coverage of areas needed for diagnosis
Recognizing the difference between normal and abnormal images and any other diagnostic information
Analyzing diagnostic information in order to provide a summary of findings
Recording the findings and keeping track of patients’ records
Collaborating with physicians and any other members of the healthcare team
How to Become a Sonographer?
High school candidates who are willing to become a medical diagnostic sonographer should take courses in the following subjects:
The medical diagnostic sonographers would require a formal education like an associate’s degree or the post-secondary certificate. Several colleges and universities are offering both the associate’s and bachelor’s degree programs in sonography. In addition, several one-year certificate programs are also available. These education programs usually include the courses in:
License and Certification:
The diagnostic medical sonographers could earn certification by graduating from any accredited program and by passing an examination. The ‘ARRT’ is the agency which offers sonographer the opportunity to become certified. Sonographers could also earn certification via ‘American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography’.
Few states in the United States would require the sonographers to be licensed and the requirements would vary from one state to another.
Job Outlook and Opportunities:
The job market of diagnostic medical sonographers has been estimated to grow by 46% from the year 2012 to 2022 which is much faster than the average of all occupations. Diagnostic imaging professional who is certified is expected to have the best opportunities in the near future.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics of United States Department of Labor, the average annual pay for the diagnostic medical sonographer is $66,410.