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Performs ultrasound procedures for adult and pediatric patients for the purpose of diagnosis and/or treatment of anatomic and physiologic disorders.

Median Annual Salary:

$71,750


Amy White - Diagnostic Medical Sonographer
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Job Description

The technological advancement of diagnostic sonography has been incredibly beneficial for the medical field. Diagnostic Medical Sonographers use sound waves at high frequencies to produce high-resolution images so physicians can clearly see muscles, internal organs, and joints, providing more accuracy when determining a patient's condition and course of treatment. One of the more popular uses of this technology is obstetric sonography, which allows doctors, along with expectant parents, to see the fetus as it develops and to monitor for abnormalities or health complications in the developing child.

Hospitals are the primary employers for medical diagnostic sonographers, though there is also opportunity in private physician's offices and medical laboratories. A sonographer may earn additional certifications in specialty areas such as breast, abdomen, obstetrics, cardiac, and vascular sonography. A certification as a diagnostic medical sonographer can also open up new career options for current members of the healthcare community, such as nurses, respiratory therapists, and other imaging specialists.

Patient Contact

High – Works one-on-one with patients during ultrasound procedures.

Employment Outlook

Employment of diagnostic medical sonographers and cardiovascular technologists and technicians, including vascular technologists, is projected to grow 24 percent from 2014 to 2024, much faster than the average for all occupations. As imaging technology evolves, medical facilities will continue to use ultrasound to replace more invasive, costly procedures.

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Education

Associate Degree – 3 - 5 Years

It typically takes two years to complete a diagnostic medical sonographer training and certificate; however some programs offer more advanced four-year programs. Diagnostic medical sonographers and cardiovascular technologists and technicians, including vascular technologists, need formal education, such as an associate’s degree or a postsecondary certificate. Many employers also require professional certification.

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