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Diagnostic Medical Sonographers

Produce ultrasonic recordings of internal organs for use by physicians. Includes vascular technologists.

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    Work Activities

    Work Activities

    • 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.
    • Record and store suitable images, using camera unit connected to the ultrasound equipment.
    • Process and code film from procedures and complete appropriate documentation.
    • Coordinate work with physicians or other healthcare team members, including providing assistance during invasive procedures.
    • Clean, check, and maintain sonographic equipment, submitting maintenance requests or performing minor repairs as necessary.
    • Perform clerical duties, such as scheduling exams or special procedures, keeping records, or archiving computerized images.
    • Supervise or train students or other medical sonographers.
    • Perform medical procedures, such as administering oxygen, inserting and removing airways, taking vital signs, or giving emergency treatment, such as first aid or cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR).
    • Maintain stock and supplies, preparing supplies for special examinations and ordering supplies when necessary.
    • Load and unload film cassettes used to record images from procedures.

    Skills

    • Active Listening

      Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

    • Reading Comprehension

      Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

    • Social Perceptiveness

      Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.

    WorkKeys®

    Applied Math
    4
    Workplace Documents
    5
    Graphic Literacy
    5

    Abilities

    • Oral Comprehension

      The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.

    • Near Vision

      The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).

    • Oral Expression

      The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.

    Knowledge

    • Customer and Personal Service

      Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.

    • English Language

      Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

    • Physics

      Knowledge and prediction of physical principles, laws, their interrelationships, and applications to understanding fluid, material, and atmospheric dynamics, and mechanical, electrical, atomic and sub- atomic structures and processes.

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    Pay

    • Ohio Annual Salary 66670/yr
    • Typical Salary
    • Ohio Hourly Wage 32.05/hr
    • Typical Hourly Wage

    Ohio Employment Trends

    • Currently Employed 2,730
    • Yearly Projected Openings 200

    Typical Education

    Personality

    Investigative: People interested in this work like activities that include ideas, thinking, and figuring things out. They do well at jobs that need:
    • Attention to Detail
    • Dependability
    • Independence
    • Integrity
    • Concern for Others
    • Cooperation

    Tools

    • Medical ultrasound or doppler or pulse echo or echography units for general diagnostic use
    • Medical ultrasound or doppler or echo transducers or accessories
    • Medical ultrasound or doppler or echo monitors
    • Medical radiological positioning aids for general radiological use
    • Blood pressure cuff kits

    Technology

    • Spreadsheet software
    • Medical software
    • Electronic mail software
    • Data base user interface and query software
    • Calendar and scheduling software

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    • Bright Outlook occupations will grow rapidly in the next few years, have a large number of openings, or are new and emerging careers.

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