Medical Sonographer

Diagnostic medical sonography (ultrasound) is a rapidly expanding medical technology that uses high frequency sound waves to create images that are used for the assessment and diagnosis of various medical conditions.

Sonographers are medical professionals who perform ultrasound examinations in hospital and clinic settings. They draw on their knowledge of physics and instrumentation, along with patient clinical history and sonographic findings to seek out document and quantify disease. These findings are reported to a physician and form an essential part in the care and management of each patient.


Medical sonographers perform abdominal, obstetrical, pelvic, peripheral vascular, and small parts ultrasound examinations and observe patient safety practices.


The main duties of a medical sonographer include:

  • receiving and completing requisitions
  • entering relevant data into the diagnostic imaging information system
  • preparing patients for specific procedures
  • conducting examinations utilizing ultrasound and Doppler techniques.

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