Diagnostic Medical Sonographer
Sonography is a very important procedure in healthcare that makes use of
high frequency sound waves in order to produce meaningful visual images of the different areas and
parts of the human body. With the help of high-tech ultrasound equipment, it is now possible to
possible to examine the internal structure of the human body without the danger of x-ray radiation.
Sonography allows for early detection of problems in the heart, blood vessels, breasts, brain, the
female reproductive system, and many other areas. When it comes to performing sonography procedures,
the diagnostic medical sonopgrapher is the healthcare specialist being relied upon.
A diagnostic medical sonographer is an important member of the
healthcare team who harnesses ultrasound technology to produce images of the body that will be used
by doctors in making accurate medical diagnosis and treatment recommendation. A typical sonography
procedure usually makes use of a sound wave transmitting/receiving device known as a transducer in
order to generate the images that is seen on the viewing screen. As a sonographer, you can expect to
work in close contact with patients and therefore having effective communication skills is a must
for this career.
While the most common task of a diagnostic medical sonographer is to
perform diagnostic imaging procedures and producing diagnostic images, there are also other tasks he
may be responsible for. Often times, a sonographer will need to keep complete medical records of
patients and provide healthcare too. He must be able to analyze the technical details involved with
the imaging procedures and have the capacity to make sound decisions based on the diagnostic
findings. Sonographers may also be given administrative duties such as organizing schedules,
bookkeeping, and processing of medical forms. There are also those who have supervisorial or
managerial responsibilities as well.
Healthcare careers such as this are known to have significant career
growth since healthcare will always be a part of people’s lives. With the increase in population,
the development of more advanced medical technologies, and the increasing demand for diagnostic
ultrasound procedures will have significant contributions for the growth of this dynamic career. Sonographers are qualified to work not only in hospitals and clinics, but also in doctor’s offices,
outpatient care centers, medical and diagnostic laboratories, and public health facilities as well.
There are also plenty of opportunities for advancement in this career, especially for those who
pursue continuing education and multiple areas of specialization.
In order to start a career as a diagnostic medical sonographer, it is
imperative that one undertakes a formal training program that has been accredited by the Commission
on Accreditation on Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP). Training programs can be as short as
1 year and as long as 4 years depending on how detailed and comprehensive you want the training to
be. Generally speaking, better employment opportunities await those who have acquired longer
training and higher educational degrees. Sonographers are also capable of earning a decent amount of
salary, although there are many factors that can affect its figures such as working experience and
geographical location of employment.