Sonographer

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A Diagnostic Medical Sonographer is a Diagnostic Ultrasound Professional that is qualified by professional credentialing and academic and clinical experience to provide diagnostic patient care services using ultrasound and related diagnostic procedures. The scope of practice of the Diagnostic Medical Sonographer includes those procedures, acts and processes permitted by law, for which the individual has received education and clinical experience, has demonstrated competency, and has completed the appropriate ARDMS certification(s) which is the standard of practice in ultrasound.

The Diagnostic Medical Sonographer is responsible for the independent operation of sonographic equipment, and for performing and communicating results of diagnostic examinations using sonography. The Diagnostic Medical Sonographer is responsible for daily operations of the sonographic laboratory, patient schedule, equipment maintenance, the report of equipment failures, and quality assessment (QA). The sonographer maintains a high standard of medical ethics at all times and is self-motivated to increase level of understanding and knowledge of the field, disease, and new procedures as they evolve.

Sonographer’s essential functions include:

  • Performs clinical assessment and diagnostic sonography examinations.
  • Uses cognitive sonographic skills to identify, record, and adapt procedures as appropriate to anatomical, pathological, diagnostic information and images.
  • Uses independent judgment during the sonographic exam to accurately differentiate between normal and pathologic findings.
  • Analyses sonograms, synthesizes sonographic information and medical history, and communicates findings to the appropriate physician.
  • Coordinates work schedule with Departmental Director and/or scheduling desk to assure workload coverage.
  • Assumes responsibility for the safety, mental and physical comfort of patients while they are in the sonographer’s care.
  • Assists with the daily operations of the sonographic laboratory.
  • Maintains a daily log of patients seen/completes exam billing forms.
  • Maintains ultrasound equipment and work area, and maintains adequate supplies.
  • Participates in the maintenance of laboratory accreditation.
  • Establishes and maintains ethical working relationships and good rapport with all interrelating hospitals, referral or commercial agencies.
  • Performs other work-related duties as assigned.
Career Outlook: 
Career Outlook data is specific to New Hampshire State.
Number of Jobs 2010: 
217
Number of Projected Jobs 2020: 
291
Jobs Percentage Change: 
34.1%
Total Annual Openings: 
10
Growth Outlook: 
Very Favorable
June 2013 Entry Level Wage: 
$31.92
June 2013 Mean Wage: 
$36.88
June 2013 Experienced Wage: 
$39.37
Salary Range: 
$60,000 - $80,000
Education Requirements: 
Programs: 
Time to Complete: 
1 year

Education Levels:

School Type: 
New Hampshire Community College
License and Certification Requirements: 
Coding Certification Required: 
Optional
Coding License Required: 
No
Certification(s) Required: 
No
Major Optional Certifications: 
Certification in Sonography
Career Categories: 

Types of Work:

Workplace Environment: 
Hospital
Private Medical Practice or Private Company
Types of Interaction: 
Independently