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Diagnostic Medical Sonographers
District Of Columbia

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Produce ultrasonic recordings of internal organs for use by physicians.

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Currently Employed: 90

Projected Annual Job Openings: 0

Typical Hourly Wage: $26.47 - $41.61

Typical Annual Salary: $55,000 - $86,500

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Typical education needed for entry: Associate's degree

Typical work experience needed for a job in this occupation: None

Typical on-the-job training once you have a job in this occupation: None

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typical job duties

  • Observe screen during scan to ensure that image produced is satisfactory for diagnostic purposes, making adjustments to equipment as required.
  • Observe and care for patients throughout examinations to ensure their safety and comfort.
  • Provide sonogram and oral or written summary of technical findings to physician for use in medical diagnosis.
  • Operate ultrasound equipment to produce and record images of the motion, shape, and composition of blood, organs, tissues, or bodily masses, such as fluid accumulations.
  • Select appropriate equipment settings and adjust patient positions to obtain the best sites and angles.
  • Decide which images to include, looking for differences between healthy and pathological areas.
  • Prepare patient for exam by explaining procedure, transferring patient to ultrasound table, scrubbing skin and applying gel, and positioning patient properly.
  • Determine whether scope of exam should be extended, based on findings.
  • Obtain and record accurate patient history, including prior test results or information from physical examinations.
  • Maintain records that include patient information, sonographs and interpretations, files of correspondence, publications and regulations, or quality assurance records, such as pathology, biopsy, or post-operative reports.

tools & technology


Tools:
  • Lancets
  • Medical radiological positioning aids for general radiological use
  • Medical ultrasound or doppler or echo monitors
  • Medical ultrasound or doppler or echo transducers or accessories
  • Medical ultrasound or doppler or pulse echo or echography units for general diagnostic use

Technology:
  • Calendar and scheduling software
  • Data base user interface and query software
  • Medical software
  • Spreadsheet software
  • Word processing software

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