Diagnostic Medical Sonographers (DMS)/Ultrasound Technologist

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  • Diagnostic Medical Ultrasound Technologists (DMS) use high frequency sound waves (ultrasound) to produce images of organs, masses, fluid collections and vascular structures within the human body. This type of procedure is often referred to as a sonogram or ultrasound scan. Sonography is user-dependent and requires competent and highly skilled professionals to be part of the integral health care system.
  • Sonographers carefully position their patients to ensure that the shadowy images created by the ultrasound will bounce off of the tissues or organs that the physicians have specified.
  • These images are then recorded on a screen or film, and then studied by physicians to diagnose and treat illnesses and diseases.
  • Sonographers explain to the patients how the test is performed and that it is painless. They have extensive, direct patient contact, providing care to a variety of people from healthy to critically ill. Responsible for obtaining pertinent patient history, performing the sonographic examination, providing for the needs and comfort of the patient during the examination and recording anatomy and pathology or other data for interpretation by the physician to aid in diagnosis. May include invasive procedures.
  • Sonographers make sure that the images the machine makes can be read and understood clearly. Only then do they record the test results. They must have knowledge of normal structure and functional anatomy of the human body and use independent judgment in recognizing the need to perform procedures according to sonographic findings.
  • Specialty areas are: Abdomen, Obstetrics/Gynecology, Echocardiography, Vascular Technology, Neurosonology, and Ophthalmology. Specialization is available in Adult Echo, Pediatric Echo, Ob/Gyn Echo, and etc.

Advantages and Disadvantages

  • Like working with patients.
  • Should have strong reading, communication, and critical thinking skills.
  • They like to be a member of health care teams and the community.
  • Must be able to lift 50 pounds, push, pull, and bend and stoop routinely.

 

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