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Diagnostic Medical Sonographer

Diagnostic Medical Sonographer

Diagnostic imaging embraces several procedures that aid in diagnosing ailments. The most familiar procedures are the x ray and magnetic resonance imaging; however, not all imaging technologies use ionizing, radiation or radio waves. Sonography, or ultrasonography, is the use of sound waves to generate an image for the assessment and diagnosis of various medical conditions. Sonography commonly is associated with obstetrics and the use of ultrasound imaging during pregnancy, but this technology has many other applications in the diagnosis and treatment of medical conditions throughout the body.

Diagnostic medical sonographers use special equipment to direct non-ionizing, high frequency sound waves into areas of the patient’s body. Sonographers operate the equipment, which collects reflected echoes and forms an image that may be videotaped, transmitted, or photographed for interpretation and diagnosis by a physician.

Salary Range: $28,650 – $89,450

Salary Notes: Mean salary in Vermont is $74,160.

Where you can study:
Bunker Hill Community College [1], Boston, MA
College of Saint Joseph [2], Rutland, VT
Community College of Rhode Island [3], Warwick, RI
Gateway Community College [4], New Haven, CT
Middlesex Community College [5], Bedford, Bedford, MA
NHTI, Concord’s Community College [6], Concord, NH
Rhode Island College [7], Providence, RI
Springfield Technical Community College [8], Springfield, MA

Where you might work:
– Clinics – Hospitals – Laboratories – Private and Non-profit Practices

Job Outlook: The growth of jobs for sonographers is expected to increase much faster than the average for all occupations as the population ages, it increases the demand for diagnostic imaging and therapeutic technology.

Education, Licensing and Certification: Optional – There are several avenues for entry into the field of diagnostic medical sonography. Sonographers may train in hospitals, vocational-technical institutions, colleges and universities, and the Armed Forces. Some training programs prefer applicants with a background in science or experience in other health care professions. Some also may consider high school graduates with courses in mathematics and science, as well as applicants with liberal arts backgrounds, but this practice is infrequent.

Professional Organizations:
Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs [9] 727-210-2350
Joint Review Committee on Education in Diagnostic Medical Sonography [10] 443-973-3251
Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonography [11] 800-229-9506