Career Information

Diagnostic Medical Sonography is an occupation which is in high demand. In the course of their work, a Diagnostic Medical Sonographer will:

  • Obtain and record accurate patient history, including prior test results and information from physical examinations.
  • Prepare patient for exam by explaining procedure, transferring them to ultrasound table, applying gel, and positioning them properly.
  • Decide which images to include, looking for differences between healthy and pathological areas.
  • Observe screen during scan to ensure that image produced is satisfactory for diagnostic purposes, making technical adjustments to equipment as required.
  • Observe and care for patients throughout examinations to ensure their safety and comfort.
  • Provide sonogram and oral or written summary of technical findings to physician for use in medical diagnosis.
  • Operate ultrasound equipment to produce and record images of the motion, shape and composition of blood, organs, tissues and pathology.
  • Select appropriate equipment settings and adjust patient positions to obtain the best sites and angles.
  • Determine whether scope of exam should be extended, based on findings.
  • Process images from procedures and complete appropriate documentation.
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