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Become A Sonography Technician

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Working As A Sonography Technician

  • Assisting and Caring for Others
  • Getting Information
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge
  • Documenting/Recording Information
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Deal with People

  • Unpleasant/Angry People

  • Unpleasant/Hazardous Environment

  • Repetitive

  • $233,733

    Average Salary

What Does A Sonography Technician Do At Ascension Health

* Sets up and adjusts all equipment and manually maneuvers transducers to perform exams.
* Implements safety standards and performs appropriate quality control procedures.
* Performs routine and complex studies and assists physician in a variety of imaging procedures.
* Recognizes significant structures, artifacts, pathology and equipment limitations.
* Performs two-dimensional ultrasound imaging of fetal biometry and anatomical structures to be interpreted by a Perinatologist for the diagnosis of normal and or abnormal fetal biometry/anatomy.
* Performs ultrasound studies that require independent judgment and initiative to apply ultrasound for a diagnosis.
* Recognizes abnormalities by ultrasound and correlates with the ultrasound findings to aid in the diagnosis by the perinatologist.
* Training of ultrasound students and residents.
* Assists in guiding for invasive procedures such as amnicentesis, CVS etc

What Does A Sonography Technician Do At Ascension Health

* Sets up and adjusts all equipment and manually maneuvers transducers to perform exams.
* Implements safety standards and performs appropriate quality control procedures.
* Performs routine and complex studies and assists physician in a variety of imaging procedures.
* Recognizes significant structures, artifacts, pathology and equipment limitations.
* Provides effective patient education by explaining procedures and exams to patient.
* Accurately and legibly provides preliminary data including patient demographics, history and study findings.
* Assists with training of cardiology fellows/students to develop skills in performance of echo studies

What Does A Sonography Technician Do At Ascension Health

* Evaluates patient for presense of perppheral vascular disease by selecting most effectcive procedures within regulator and compliance guidelines.
* Performs appropriate diagnostic procedures, records patient test results and reports results to physician.
* Monitor patient's comfort and safety during tests, alerting physicians to abnormalities or changes in patient responses.
* Maintain adequate supplies and monitor/verify all equipment is in proper working condition; report deficiencies or failures.
* Performs procedural quality assurance.
* Ensures any individual present within procedure performance area observes safety procedures.
* Assesses patient and family need for education and assistance specific to departmental procedure and coordinates service.
* Monitors protocols and recommends updates or refinements as warranted.
* Assists with staff development, orientation to departmental procedure, training and education.
* Employs critical thinking skills to ensure client service, patient safety and quality images.
* Determines need for equipment maintenance and reports malfunctions.
* Charges examinations, supplies and completes documentation promptly and properly reviews procedural charges and coding, recommending adjustments as protocols change or new procedures are added.
* Meets requirements outlined in Imaging/CPDX Technologist Ladder Criteria for Level Two placement.
* Ladder assignment is reviewed annually to determine on-going performance of criteria, with possible reassignment based on available data to support placement.
* Performs other duties as assigned.
* May be required to perform other sonography or imaging studies in addition to Vascular component.
* May be required to work additional site / locations.
* May be required to be "on call" and return for emergency call-back

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How To Become A Sonography Technician

Diagnostic medical sonographers and cardiovascular technologists and technicians, including vascular technologists, need formal education, such as an associate’s degree or a postsecondary certificate. Many employers also require professional certification.

Education

Colleges and universities offer both associate’s and bachelor’s degree programs in sonography and in cardiovascular and vascular technology. One-year certificate programs also are available from colleges or hospitals.

Employers typically prefer graduates of programs accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP).

Sonography, cardiovascular, and vascular education programs usually include courses in anatomy, medical terminology, and applied sciences. Most sonography programs are divided into the specialized fields that correspond to the relevant certification exams, such as abdominal sonography or breast sonography. Cardiovascular and vascular programs include coursework in either invasive or noninvasive cardiovascular or vascular technology procedures. In addition to classroom study, most programs also include a clinical component in which students earn credit while working under a more experienced technologist in a hospital, physician’s office, or imaging laboratory.

High school students who are interested in diagnostic medical sonography, cardiovascular technology, or vascular technology should take courses in anatomy, physiology, physics, and math.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Most employers prefer to hire diagnostic imaging workers with professional certification. Many insurance providers and Medicare pay for procedures only if a certified sonographer, technologist, or technician performed the work. Certification is available from the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonographers and Cardiovascular Credentialing International.

Diagnostic imaging workers can earn certification by graduating from an accredited program and passing an exam. Most of the certifications are for specialties in diagnostic imaging; for example, a sonographer can earn a certification in abdominal sonography. Most diagnostic imaging workers have at least one certification, but many earn multiple certifications.

In addition, many employers prefer to hire candidates who have a Basic Life Support certification, which shows they are trained to provide CPR.

Few states require diagnostic medical sonographers to be licensed. Professional certification is typically required for licensure; other requirements vary by state. Contact state medical boards for more information.

Important Qualities

Detail oriented. Diagnostic imaging workers must follow precise instructions to obtain the images needed to diagnose and treat patients. They must also pay attention to the screen while scanning a patient’s body because the cues that contrast healthy areas with unhealthy ones may be subtle.

Hand-eye coordination. To get quality images, diagnostic imaging workers must be able to accurately move equipment on the patient’s body in response to what they see on the screen.

Interpersonal skills. Diagnostic imaging workers must work closely with patients. Sometimes patients are in extreme pain or mental stress, and they must get cooperation from the patient to create usable images.

Physical stamina. Diagnostic imaging workers are on their feet for long periods and must be able to lift and move patients who need assistance.

Technical skills. Diagnostic imaging workers must understand how to operate complex machinery and computerized instruments.

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Sonography Technician Demographics

Gender

  • Female

    80.0%
  • Unknown

    10.0%
  • Male

    10.0%

Ethnicity

  • White

    73.8%
  • Hispanic or Latino

    15.1%
  • Asian

    10.7%
  • Unknown

    0.4%
  • Black or African American

    0.1%
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Sonography Technician Education

    Schools

    • Grand Canyon University

      12.5%
    • Nicholls State University

      12.5%
    • Horry-Georgetown Technical College

      12.5%
    • Trident University International

      12.5%
    • California University of Pennsylvania

      12.5%
    • University of Texas at Brownsville and Texas Southmost College

      12.5%
    • Midwestern State University

      12.5%
    • California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo

      12.5%
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    Degrees

    • Bachelors

      50.0%
    • Associate

      37.5%
    • Other

      12.5%
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Top Skills for A Sonography Technician

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Top Sonography Technician Skills

  1. Ultrasound Equipment
  2. Vascular Ultrasound Evaluations
  3. Current Vascular Protocols
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Performed routine QA/QC of the ultrasound equipment, maintained patient logs, and daily routine department duties.
  • Provide all aspects of vascular ultrasound evaluations.
  • Assisted the radiologists with interventional procedures to include thyroid biopsies, renal biopsies, prostate biopsies, thoracentesis, and paracentesis.
  • Maintained 3.5 GPA Took charge and led multiple group presentations and research projects.