Ultrasonographers obtain images of patients’ internal organs using ultrasonic imaging. Strong people skills are important in this position, as ultrasonographers must explain procedures to patients and help them feel at ease. Different communication skills will be necessary for different patients, such as with children or those with disabilities. Those in this position are highly skilled and experienced at identifying what organs and body parts look like on ultrasound machines, and some basic troubleshooting and regular maintenance of these machines may also be part of the job.
After procedures are finished, ultrasonographers analyze the results and provide recommendations to doctors based on them, as well as whether follow-up ultrasounds are required. It is often necessary to obtain and look over patients' records prior to ultrasounds being carried out, and they must have exceptional knowledge of anatomy and ultrasound imaging to choose which images to include in reports. It's also important to be able to work well with other medical personnel and keep inventory of various supplies, including ordering when they are low, on a regular basis.
Aspiring ultrasonographers should graduate from an accredited school of diagnostic medical sonography, and current BLS and CPR certification is also required. Both part-time and full-time positions are available, and some ultrasonographers may work late hours or be on-call for hospitals.
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.