A Diagnostic Medical Sonographer's main purpose is to perform various Diagnostic Medical Ultrasound procedures. This may be done at a hospital, clinic, or other physician’s office. They must be in accordance with established standards, which will vary based on the place of employment. A successful Diagnostic Medical Sonographer will be able to successfully distinguish normal vs abnormal results. Direct feedback to physicians is required. He or she must have the ability needed to successfully document and record all findings, regardless of if they are normal or abnormal. Sonographers must use correct medical terminology when completing these forms. In order to be a Diagnostic Medical Sonographer, he or she must have graduated from an accredited school. Certifications, licenses, and registration are required in most states. A successful Diagnostic Medical Sonographer will be comfortable working with people of all ages, sex, and race. You will be required to stand for up to 12 hours straight, although 8 hour shifts are also common. They must be comfortable working indoors, under stress, and with ill patients. Sonographers will work with the Radiology Technology Department in most instances, and must work well solo, and as a team member. Although the position is not physically challenging in most cases, it is mentally challenging. To be successful, a Diagnostic Medical Sonographer needs to be able to hide emotions and thoughts. It is not their job to inform patients of results, and should be willing to not disclose information to them. Expressions can give a lot of information away, so they must be in control of them at all times.
Diagnostic Medical Sonographer Tasks
- Operate ultrasound equipment to produce and record images according to physician's directive.
- Observe screen during scan to ensure satisfactory image for diagnostic purposes, making adjustments as required.
- Prepare and position patient for ultrasound exam and explain procedure.
- Process and code film, videotape, images or prints from procedures and complete documentation for interpretation by physician.