Ultrasound technologists who are sometimes referred to as “sonographers” “diagnostic medical sonographers” or “ultrasound technicians” use hand held devices that produce high frequency sound waves which generate images of patients’ blood flow as well as of their organs and soft tissues. These images are displayed on a monitor and can be transformed into a video or photograph so that there is a permanent record for use by physicians who can use them to diagnose any number of conditions. Ultrasound technologists work in clinics hospitals or diagnostic imaging centers. They must be calm professional and knowledgeable about the human anatomy so that they know where to move the handheld ultrasound device to get the best possible images in the desired area. Most ultrasound technicians work 40 hours per week but some of those hours may be in the evening or on weekends. Individuals in this profession spend long periods of time on their feet. They must have good eye-hand coordination and they must be able to move equipment and position patients. According to the website www.ehow.com ultrasound technologists first earn associate’s or bachelor’s degrees after which they must pass an exam given by the Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonographers (RDMS). Some ultrasound technicians take specialty RDMS specialty exams to become certified in breast abdominal vascular cardiac or obstetricgynecological sonography. Job prospects are expected to be better than average for this profession. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that the average annual salary earned by ultrasound technologists is approximately $63000.
|Education Required:||Associate's Degree|
|Tasks:||Uses ultrasound equipment to detect medical conditions.
Works in hospitals, diagnostic imaging centers, and physician offices.
Understands how to read ultrasound images.
Explains the ultrasound process to patients.
|Also Called:||Ultrasound Technician
Medical Imaging Professional
Diagnostic Medical Sonographer