Diagnostic Medical Sonographer

What does a diagnostic medical sonographer do?

A diagnostic medical sonographer uses imaging equipment and soundwaves to form images of many parts of the body, known as ultrasounds. These images are used to help doctors diagnose and treat many medical conditions.

Diagnostic medical sonographers can specialize in a variety of areas. For example, vascular technologists create images of blood vessels and obstetric and gynecologic sonographers specialize in imaging the female reproductive system.

People they work with: Doctors, nurses and patients of all ages, from infants to the elderly

Where they work: Hospitals, doctors’ offices and medical and diagnostic labs

Career outlook for a diagnostic medical sonographer

With advancements in ultrasound procedures, career opportunities for sonographers will increase. The Bureau of Labor Statistics expects this profession to grow much faster than average. With a large aging population, the need to diagnose medical conditions using affordable imaging technology is likely to increase. Sonographers are needed to provide an alternative to radiation imaging techniques.

With additional training and education, some sonographers may move into supervisory positions or become an advanced sonographer. Earning an advanced degree will allow some sonographers to become educators and researchers.

Diagnostic medical sonographer programs at Mayo Clinic

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