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Working As An Ultrasonographer

  • 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

  • $68,970

    Average Salary

What Does An Ultrasonographer Do At Texas Health Resources

* Preparation of exam room for patient exam (i.e. linen, stretcher, oxygen, supplies etc.)
* Check Physician orders, exam requisition, provide appropriate reason and relevant clinical information for exam using patient's chart/CareConnect and relay to Radiologist.
* Research PACS for examination history and previous exams.
* Obtains patient history, symptoms, and appropriate labs relating to exam.
* Adheres to hygiene standards by sanitizing hands before and after any patient contact.
* Also, sanitizes hands throughout examination when appropriate
* Greets and acknowledges patient using two forms of ID comparing patient ID armband to exam requisition to identify correct patient/exam.
* Appropriately handles IV, O2, chest tubes, urine bags, and other patient devices
* Verifies patient pregnancy status in reference to appropriate exam/standards.
* Uses proper body mechanics to ensure safety to patient and staff.
* Communicates proper etiquette to patients, family members, and other health care team staff.
* Adapts procedures to reflect age specific and developmental consideration along with any physical handicaps or hardships for specific needs of adaption for body habitus, patient relationship and communication styles.
* Communicates with patient, patient's family, and staff with proper etiquette within the hospital, on the phone, and with any electronic communication.
* Demonstrate knowledge of emergency equipment, drugs, and preparedness in response to patient distress.
* Transports patient throughout department and hospital safely.
* Keywords: "ARRT", "ARDMS", "Ultrasonographer

What Does An Ultrasonographer Do At HCA, Hospital Corporation of America

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* Performs diagnostic procedures applying prescribed methods of ultrasound technique.
* Produces diagnostic images using Doppler, abdominal or pregnancy ultrasound.
* Selects transducer and adjusts equipment controls according to organ to be examined, depth of field and other specifications of test.
* Explains procedures to patients and addresses their concerns.
* Keys test data and patient information into computer to maintain record of test results.
* Assists physician with ultrasound guided biopsies and/or invasive procedures.
* Maintains and calibrates equipment.
* Monitors, records and communicates as appropriate utilizing computerized documentation systems.
* Utilizes knowledge of age specific needs of patient in performance of duties and responsibilities.
* Orients and mentors new staff members.
* Provides a safe environment for administering contrast material.
* Assists with transporting patients.
* Follows Standard Precautions using personal protective equipment as required.
* ARDMS registered or acquire within 6 months
* BLS obtained/maintained according to policy
* Graduate of a Diagnostic Medical Sonography program

What Does An Ultrasonographer Do At Albany Medical Center

* Under the direct supervision of the manager of the hired modality and the MFM Attendings in accordance with AMC policies, procedures and protocols:
* Maintains competent imaging skills in practicing modality/s.
* Strives to grow and develop, creating a professional, progressive Imaging department with a positive atmosphere.
* Practices in compliance with department policy as well as New York state and accrediting agency's standards.
* Assists Physicians in all aspects of procedures in their assigned area.
* Provides a safe positive experience for the patient.
* Acts as a mentor and preceptor to new staff and students.
* Actively supports AMCH in maintaining proper accreditations.
* Enters patient data into computer systems accurately.
* QA’s images and patient information for accuracy prior to sending to PACs.
* Demonstrates the knowledge and skills necessary to provide patient care appropriate to the age and special characteristics of the patient.
* Other duties may be assigned

What Does An Ultrasonographer Do At Munson Healthcare

* Works in conjunction with a variety of other physicians.
* Must maintain working contact with several intra-hospital departments including Operating Room, Recovery Room, Emergency Room, Cardiac and Intensive Care Units.
* Supports the mission statement of Munson HEALTHCARE (MMC): Munson HEALTHCARE is the core of a regional health system.
* In partnership with physicians, we provide quality, compassionate, comprehensive and cost-effective services for improvement of the health of our patients and the communities we serve.
* Embraces and supports the Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) philosophy of Munson HEALTHCARE: We are committed to the name "Munson" meaning excellence.
* We will provide services that meet our customers' requirements every time.
* Acknowledges that safety is a self-responsibility.
* Knows the physical requirements of the job and work within those guidelines.
* Performs job duties safely at all times, utilizing learned body mechanics and transferring/lifting techniques.
* Plans actions to promote safety.
* Reports any unsafe situation/equipment according to Hospital procedure.
* Performs other duties and responsibilities as assigned.
* Primary Responsibilities
* Prepare exam room and ultrasound equipment to conduct sonography examinations in accordance with infections disease, sterilization, and patient safety protocols, policies, and procedures.
* Assume responsibility for the safety of the patient during the sonographic examination.
* Review patient medical history and supporting clinical information.
* Ensure that the sonography examination order is complete, contains relevant information, and meets the standard of "medical necessity." Confirms two patient identifiers per MMC protocol on every patient prior to examination and/or performs time out procedure on all invasive procedures.
* Evaluate any contraindications, insufficient patient preparation, and the patient's inability or unwillingness to tolerate the examination and associated procedures.
* Communicate with the patient in a manner appropriate to the patient's ability to understand.
* Follows MMC wash in/ wash out for every examination.
* Use proper patient positioning tools, devices, equipment adjustment, and ergonomically correct scanning techniques to ensure patient comfort and safety, and to prevent compromised data acquisition and musculoskeletal injury to the sonographer.
* Observe and maintain a sterile work environment during an Ultrasound guided procedure or in the Operating Suite in the presence of open surgical wound
* Conduct patient clinical assessment and perform the diagnostic medical sonography examination ordered by the supervising physician in accordance with MHC Ultrasound protocols approved by the supervising Radiologist.
* Performs examination completely and accurately with minimal supervision within appropriate time allowance.
* Apply independent, professional, ethical judgment, and critical thinking to safely perform diagnostic sonography procedures.
* Apply independent judgment during the sonography examination to ensure that appropriate anatomical, pathological, and clinical conditions are accurately captured in the examination images.
* As necessary, acquire additional ultrasound imaging to facilitate optimum diagnostic results for the interpreting physician.
* Identify and document any limitations to the sonography examination.
* Review examination images, synthesize examination results, and prepare the preliminary findings for use by the interpreting physician.
* Except as authorized by written facility policies and procedures, refer specific diagnostic, treatment or prognosis questions to the appropriate physician or healthcare professional.
* Maintain patient privacy and confidentiality in accordance with privacy laws (e.g., HIPAA) and facility policies, and procedures.
* Adhere to accepted professional and ethical standards.
* Equipment Use and Maintenance
* Primary Responsibilities
* Perform quality control procedures to ensure that the ultrasound equipment operates at optimal levels.
* Exercise responsibility to ensure that the ultrasound equipment is functioning accurately.
* Other Responsibilities
* Assume responsibility for the preventive maintenance program for ultrasound equipment.
* Documentation and Reporting
* Primary Responsibilities
* Document any incidental findings that might impact patient safety or patient care and provide that information to the interpreting physician.
* Operate the Picture Archiving and Communication System (PACS).
* Other Responsibilities
* Exercise responsibility for the maintenance and accuracy of facility reports, database records and logs.
* Quality Assessment/Quality Improvement
* Primary Responsibilities
* Ensure that the sonography examination results meet the facility standards for Quality Assurance before findings are released for interpretation.
* Work with the appropriate staff to ensure quality patient care.
* Assist with the daily operation of the sonography facility.
* Other Responsibilities
* Carry out Quality Assurance protocols and Quality Improvement measures within the facility.
* Health Care Team Interaction
* Primary Responsibilities
* Establish and maintain collaborative working relationships with co-workers, administrators, and members of the health care team.
* Foster a collaborative atmosphere with other members of the healthcare team.
* Maintains professional appearance by adhering to Dress Code of the Radiology department.
* May as needed, work off shift, weekends and/or participate in the modality's patient on-call responsibilities including holiday rotation
* Other Responsibilities
* Assist with the education and training of sonography students and physician residents.
* Must perform and be proficient at basic vascular studies (such as, carotids, upper and lower venous studies) and maintain knowledge of color Doppler principles.
* Performs other duties and responsibilities as assigned including but not limited to;
* Monitoring personal hospital email regularly, keeping current on Healthstream assignments, continued CPR and Ultrasound Registration(s) and copies given to the Coordinator to keep on file.
* Stocking exam rooms, basic housekeeping of department, cleaning and maintenance of ultrasound machines along with documentation, checking for outdated supplies, organizing supply room and putting away new

What Does An Ultrasonographer Do At Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

* Utilizes appropriate ergonomic body mechanics to prevent personal injury.
* Requests assistance while
* performing sonograms as needed to prevent injury to oneself.
* Essential Responsibilities:
* Reviews charts, selects appropriate equipment and transducers for tests as ordered.
* Interviews patients, obtains necessary information, explains procedures, allays apprehensions and positions patient appropriately.
* Assists physicians during sterile invasive procedures, i.e. amniocenteses, cyst punctures, thoracenteses, biopsies, etc.
* Records images on PACS, and provides images on film and paper when needed.
* Provides preliminary interpretation in daily logbook and may convey preliminary interpretation to requesting physician after discussion with radiologist.
* Views screen, detects pathology/other factors (f/u, change of shape, etc.).
* Determines images appropriate for diagnostic purpose.
* Assists the work of other divisions during procedures.
* Performs functions in areas outside the Ultrasound Suite, including O
* R., intensive care units, Emergency Department, and nursing floors using portable ultrasound equipment.
* Shares on-call duties (24 hour coverage) with fellow sonographers only after reaching a minimum required expertise as judged by the Ultrasound Manager and physician in charge of Ultrasound.
* Assists in training of residents, staff and student sonographers.
* Performs routine clerical duties, answers phones, schedules patients, order supplies, distributes results, keeps work area clean, and makes entries in computer

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How To Become An Ultrasonographer

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.


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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Ultrasonographer Demographics


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  • Male

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  • White

  • Hispanic or Latino

  • Asian

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  • Black or African American

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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

  • Urdu

  • Hindi



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Top Skills for An Ultrasonographer


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Top Ultrasonographer Skills

  1. Ultrasound Images
  2. Small Parts
  3. ABD
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Provide ultrasound images and all findings to physicians in charge
  • Have done numerous small parts, soft tissue exams and breast ultrasounds.
  • Performed abdominal and gynecological ultrasound scans in a home health care setting.
  • Performed general diagnostic ultrasound exams Received on the job training for vascular specified ultrasound
  • Assisted with most invasive ultrasound procedures in radiology department.

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