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Overview:

Medical sonographers operate ultrasound equipment to produce and record images of various parts of the body to aid physicians in monitoring pregnancies and in diagnosing cardiac, ophthalmic, vascular and other medical disorders. They are employed in clinics and hospitals. Medical sonographers who are supervisors or instructors are included in this unit group.

Tasks:

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’s 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.

Job Titles:

  • Diagnostic medical sonography instructor
  • Medical sonographer
  • Medical sonographers supervisor
  • Registered diagnostic medical sonographer (RDMS)
  • Ultrasound technologist

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Completion of a training program in a related field such as diagnostic radiography, nuclear medicine or nursing
    and
    Completion of a one-year college or hospital-based program in diagnostic medical sonography and supervised practical training are required.
  • Certification examinations by the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers are usually required by employers.
  • Registration with the Canadian Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers or a provincial counterpart is available and may be required by employers.

Vacancies:

Most opportunities are in Ontario, British Columbia and Saskatchewan.

Pay Scale:

The wages range from $28.00/hr. to $42.00/hr. as per the location.