The Profession of Medical Sonographer
Diagnostic Medical sonographers use high-tech ultrasound equipment, which enables dynamic visualization of the organs within the body, to produce and evaluate ultrasound images and related data that are used by physicians to make medical diagnosis. Sonographers function as integral members of the health care team, communicating with patients, physicians, hospital staff and colleagues."
(College of Health Related Professions 2000-2001 Bulletin, SUNY/NY Health Science Center at Brooklyn, p3.)
Medical Sonographers are responsible for selecting the proper equipment for tests ordered by physicians. They explain procedures to the patients, record additional medical history, and place patients in the correct position for testing. They monitor the screen as the scanning devise moves across the body of the patient. Sonographers note the differences between healthy and pathological areas and check for factors such as position, obstruction, or change of shape, and judge if the images are satisfactory for diagnostic purposes. They also record and file the results of each sonogram.
Medical Sonographers must have extensive knowledge in anatomy, pathophysiologycal, physics and the medical & biological sciences. Many sonographers develop specialties in areas such as obstetrics-gynecology, abdomen, cardiology, vascular & Doppler imaging.
For further information about the profession of a Medical Sonographer, contact the Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonography at www.sdms.org.