A sonographer performs various diagnostic medical ultrasound procedures. This can be done at a hospital, clinic or any other physician’s office. They must be in accordance with established standards, which will vary based on the place of employment. A successful sonographer will be able to successfully distinguish between normal and abnormal results. The sonographer must have the ability to successfully document and record all findings; regardless of whether they are normal or abnormal.
A successful diagnostic medical sonographer will be comfortable working with people of all age groups, sex, and race. They must be comfortable working indoors, under stress, and with ill patients. Sonographers will work with the radiology technology department in most instances, and must work well individually, and as part of a team member. Although the position is not physically challenging in most cases, it is mentally challenging.
To be successful, a diagnostic medical sonographer needs to be able to hide emotions and thoughts. It is not their job to inform patients about the results, and should be willing not to disclose information to them. Expressions can give a lot of information away, so they must be in control of their emotions at all times.
- Operate ultrasound equipment to produce and record images according to the physician’s directive.
- Observe the screen during scan to ensure satisfactory image for diagnostic purposes, making adjustments as required.
- Prepare and position patient for ultrasound exam and explain procedure.
- Process and code film, videotape, images or prints from procedures and complete documentation for interpretation by physician.
- Must be a graduate from an accredited school.
- Certifications, licenses and registration are required in most states.
The pay scale of a sonographer ranges between AUD$50,000 – AUD$138,568 and the median being AUD$83,407.