Diagnostic Medical Sonographers

Health Science > Diagnostic Services

Projected Growth: Much faster than average

Projected Job Openings

Medium Preparation Needed

Job Description

Your job is to Produce ultrasonic recordings of internal organs for use by physicians.

Common job titles of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers include:

Experience and Education

Previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is required for these occupations. For example, an electrician must have completed three or four years of apprenticeship or several years of vocational training, and often must have passed a licensing exam, in order to perform the job.

  • 47.13% said they needed a Associate's Degree.

  • 19.34% said they needed a Post-Secondary Certificate.


    Observe screen during scan to ensure that image produced is satisfactory for diagnostic purposes, making adjustments to equipment as required.

    Operate ultrasound equipment to produce and record images of the motion, shape, and composition of blood, organs, tissues, or bodily masses, such as fluid accumulations.

    Obtain and record accurate patient history, including prior test results or information from physical examinations.

    Provide sonogram and oral or written summary of technical findings to physician for use in medical diagnosis.

    Record and store suitable images, using camera unit connected to the ultrasound equipment.

    Load and unload film cassettes used to record images from procedures.

    Prepare patient for exam by explaining procedure, transferring patient to ultrasound table, scrubbing skin and applying gel, and positioning patient properly.

    Select appropriate equipment settings and adjust patient positions to obtain the best sites and angles.

    Observe and care for patients throughout examinations to ensure their safety and comfort.

    Clean, check, and maintain sonographic equipment, submitting maintenance requests or performing minor repairs as necessary.

    Decide which images to include, looking for differences between healthy and pathological areas.

    Maintain stock and supplies, preparing supplies for special examinations and ordering supplies when necessary.

    Determine whether scope of exam should be extended, based on findings.

    Maintain records that include patient information, sonographs and interpretations, files of correspondence, publications and regulations, or quality assurance records, such as pathology, biopsy, or post-operative reports.

    Perform clerical duties, such as scheduling exams or special procedures, keeping records, or archiving computerized images.

    Coordinate work with physicians or other healthcare team members, including providing assistance during invasive procedures.

    Process and code film from procedures and complete appropriate documentation.

    Supervise or train students or other medical sonographers.

    Perform medical procedures, such as administering oxygen, inserting and removing airways, taking vital signs, or giving emergency treatment, such as first aid or cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR).

    Perform legal and ethical duties, including preparing safety or accident reports, obtaining written consent from patient to perform invasive procedures, or reporting symptoms of abuse or neglect.


X ray beam restriction devices

Venipuncture needles

Ultrasound video equipment

Ultrasound monitors

Two-dimensional doppler ultrasound equipment



All Tools

Tablet computers



Safety gloves

Safety glasses

Pulsed-wave Doppler ultrasound units


Picture archiving and communication systems PACS

Personal protective clothing

Personal computers

Notebook computers

Medical ultrasound printers

M-mode ultrasound machines

Lead barriers


Intravenous IV supplies

Immobilization and positioning devices

High frequency transducers

Evacuated blood collection tubes

Desktop computers

Continuous-wave ultrasound equipment

Color Doppler ultrasound equipment

Cardiac ultrasound equipment

A-Mode ultrasound machines

3D sonography equipment


MEDITECH software

Calendar and scheduling software

Medical procedure coding software

Patient medical record software


Active Listening

Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

Reading Comprehension

Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.


Talking to others to convey information effectively.

Social Perceptiveness

Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.

Critical Thinking

Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.


Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

Active Learning

Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.

Time Management

Managing one's own time and the time of others.


Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.


Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.


Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.

Service Orientation

Actively looking for ways to help people.

Complex Problem Solving

Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.

Operation Monitoring

Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.

Operation and Control

Controlling operations of equipment or systems.

Judgment and Decision Making

Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.

Learning Strategies

Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.


Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.


Teaching others how to do something.


Communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.

Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Oral Expression

See details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).

Sensory Abilities › Visual Abilities › Near Vision

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