Diagnostic medical sonographers are responsible for conducting medical diagnostics using sonographs, as well as facilitating test results, preparing equipment, procuring medical testing supplies, explaining procedures to patients, and operating sonographs.
Organization and close attention to detail are very important in this position, as these sonographers work in fast-paced environments and work on multiple projects at once. They use specialized medical equipment to interpret ultrasound data and create reports based on their observations, and they must be proficient with imaging procedures and equipment and interpreting preliminary results. They must follow quality processes to respect privacy and prevent incidents, and they also perform other laboratory and administrative duties such as organizing cabinets and completing paperwork as required.
Those in this position generally work in medical facilities with regular 9-to-5 weekday schedules, and they use a personal computer and Microsoft Office programs to facilitate their research efforts. These professionals must work well with other sonographers, but should also work effectively on their own with minimal supervision. They are also responsible for maintaining sonograph devices, cleaning their practice areas, ordering supplies, procuring testing materials in advance, performing ultrasound examinations, and sharing data with physicians regarding examinations.
A bachelor's degree in a relevant field is generally required for this position, and prior work experience as a sonographer is highly beneficial. Industry and medical certifications are also helpful.
Diagnostic Medical Sonographer Tasks
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.
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.