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Friday, April 15, 2011

Sonographers are medical professionals that operate special equipment which directs high frequency sound waves into areas of a patient's body to generate an image for the assessment and diagnosis of various medical conditions.


A Sonographer performing ultrasound scan on a pregnant patient
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We are all familiar with ultrasound scans that monitor pregnancies or determine the gender of the baby. It is just an specialized application of sonography dealing with obstetric and gynecology. Other uses of sonography and performed by sonographers are:
  • abdominal sonography (images of the liver, kidneys, gallbladder, spleen and pancreas)
  • neurosonography (images of the brain and the nervous system)
  • breast sonography
  • vascular/cardiac sonography
Medical sonographers perform some or all of the following duties:
  • Operate ultrasound imaging equipment that transmits high frequency sound pulses through the body to produce images of those parts of the body requiring examination
  • Monitor examination by viewing images on video screen, to evaluate quality and consistency of diagnostic images, and make adjustments to equipment, as required
  • Record, store and process scanned images by using camera unit connected to ultrasound equipment
  • Observe and care for patients throughout examinations to ensure patient safety and comfort
  • Prepare examination reports for physicians to aid in the monitoring of pregnancies and the diagnosis of cardiac, abdominal, ophthalmic, vascular and other disorders
  • Perform quality control checks on ultrasound equipment to ensure proper operation and perform minor repairs and adjustments as required
  • May supervise and train student and other medical sonographers.
  • Medical sonographers may specialize in abdominal, cardiac, cerebral, obstetrical and gynaecological, ophthalmic, intraluminal or peripheral vascular sonography. They may also specialize in adult or pediatric echocardiography or neurosonology.
Each country has its own policies regarding the practice of sonographers, usually implemented by accrediting institutions authorized by the government. It is best to consult with them when you are looking to practice as a sonographer in that country or looking to be hired as one.
Australia - Australasian Sonographers Accreditation Registry
Canada - Canadian Association of Registered Diagnostic Ultrasound Professionals
United States - American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS) & Cardiovascular Credentialing International
Medical sonographers may take any of the following sample titles.

adult echocardiographer
cardiac sonographer
cardiac ultrasound technician
cardiac ultrasound technologist
chief diagnostic medical sonographer
diagnostic cardiac sonographer
diagnostic echography technician
diagnostic medical sonographer
diagnostic medical sonographer – military
diagnostic medical sonography instructor
diagnostic ultrasonography technician
diagnostic ultrasound supervisor
diagnostic ultrasound technician
diagnostic ultrasound technologist – medical
diagnostic ultrasound technologist – military
echocardiographer
echocardiography technician
echocardiography technologist
echocardiography technologist sonographer
echography technician
echography technologist
instructor, diagnostic medical sonography
medical sonographer
medical sonographer – military
medical sonographers supervisor
pediatric echocardiographer
RDMS (registered diagnostic medical sonographer)
registered diagnostic cardiac sonographer
registered diagnostic medical sonographer (RDMS)
registered technologist, ultrasound
registered ultrasound technologist
sonographer – medical
sonography technologist
student medical sonographer
student sonographer – medical
supervisor, diagnostic ultrasound
supervisor, medical sonographers
technician, diagnostic echography
technician, diagnostic ultrasonography
technician, diagnostic ultrasound
technician, echography
technician, ultrasonography
technician, ultrasound
technologist, echography
technologist, ultrasonography
technologist, ultrasound
ultrasonographer – medical
ultrasonography technician
ultrasonography technologist
ultrasound supervisor
ultrasound technician
ultrasound technologist
vascular sonographer

Filipino sonographers can check out at these approved job orders taken from the POEA database for overseas opportunities as a sonographer.

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