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Diagnostic Medical Sonography
Transcript of Diagnostic Medical Sonography
A diagnostic medical procedure that uses high frequency sound waves (ultrasound) to produce dynamic visual images of organs, tissues, blood flow, or developing fetus inside the body.
Part of the Health Science Career Cluster.
Also a part of the Diagnostic cluster.
Involved in creating a picture of the health status of the patient at a single point in time, includes planning, preparation, procedure, evaluation, and reporting.
Health Science Career Cluster:
Jobs which involve planning, managing, and providing diagnostic, therapeutic, supportive,and information and research services in health care.
It may be necessary for some to travel to patients' homes or community centers in large vans that contain their equipment.
May be expected to work, or be on call, during evenings and weekends.
Work environment is typically sterile and well-lit.
In the U.S. the average salary for a sonographer is ~$64,900 per year. The average hourly wage is $31.20.
The lowest paid receives less than $44,900 per year. However, the highest paid earns more than $88,490.
An ultrasound technician can experience many privileges like medical benefits, insurance, and many other facilities as part of the annual salary package.
Ultrasound technicians' salary is one of the highest in medical technology!
May have to lift and turn patients.
Most are on their feet for a majority of the day.
The majority of sonographers work in urban hospitals.
Other options are: physicians' offices, clinics, and diagnostic imaging centers.
Diagnostic medical sonographer (DMS)
Employment of diagnostic medical sonographers is expected to grow by 44% from 2010 to 2020.
Nature of the work:
Use special equipment to direct high frequency sound waves into areas of the patients body.
Operate equipment, which collects the reflected echoes and forms an image that can be videotaped, transmitted, or photographed for interpretation and diagnosis by a physician.
Look for subtle visual cues that compare healthy and unhealthy areas.
Decide whether the images should be shown to a physician or just put into storage.
Also take measurements, calculate values, and analyze results.
Keep patient records and adjust and maintain equipment.
May also prepare work schedules, evaluate equipment purchases, or manage sonography and diagnostic imaging department.
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Specialties in sonography include obstetric and gynecologic, abdominal, neuro, breast, vascular, or cardiac sonography
Training in multiple specialties may increase advancement opportunities which include supervisory, managerial, or administrative positions.
Associate degree programs that take ~2 years
Bachelor degree programs that take ~4 years
Some employers may provide on-the-job training to people who are already experienced in another health care career.
In a formal training program one can expect to take courses in anatomy, physiology, instrumentation, basis physics, patient care. and medical ethics.
One should also expect to receive supervised clinical training.
RDMS- Registered Diagnostic Medical sonographer
RDCS- Registered Diagnostic Cardiac sonographer
RVT- Registered Vascular Technologist
RMSK- Registered in Musculoskeletal
RPVI- Registered Physician in Vascular Interpretation
Masters Degree is VERY rare.
- There are only 2 schools in the US that are accredited that offer masters degrees.
- These schools are in Missouri and Florida.
Note: the only means of obtaining an ARDMS credential is by examination. Required prerequisites must be met before an applicant can earn an ARDMS credential.
Dr. Jordan's Health Occupations Education notes
Costs living with parents not living with parents
Tuition/Fees $3,607 $3,607
Room/Board $4,100 $10,895
Books/Supplies $1,000 $1,000
Travel $3,024 $3,024
Personal Expenses $400 $400
Total $12,131 $18,926