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About the Profession
A diagnostic medical sonographer is a highly skilled professional who creates diagnostic images of structures inside the body using soundwaves. Sonographers are responsible for:
- Operating sonographic equipment.
- Performing medical sonograms.
- Critically analyzing information.
- Communicating findings of the examinations to physicians.
What are the different types of sonograms that can be performed?
- Organs in the abdomen.
- Blood vessels in the extremities, neck, and abdomen.
- Structures such as the thyroid, breast, uterus, ovaries, prostate, and testicles.
- Obstetrical imaging including high-risk pregnancies.
Sonography is a dynamic field with ever changing technology. The Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonography offers a short but very informative video and brochure on the career. For quick access to this information select this link: SDMS Career Information. The ARDMS also provides excellent information regading a career as a sonographer, select the following link for quick access: Career Opportunities.
Sonography careers offer many routes for advancement and growth. Those interested in a sonography career may find employment in hospitals, clinics, private practices, or other settings, working as:
- Staff sonographers
- Lead sonographers
- Department managers
- Application specialists
Estimated Starting Salaries
Salaries vary by geographical location. Average starting salary in the Mid-South area is approximately $22 to $25 per hour with the national annual average around $25 per hour, according to the Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics.
There are several credentialing agencies that offer National Board Examinations in sonography:
- The American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers allows sonographers to earn credentials such as:
- Registered Diagnostic Medical Sonographer (RDMS).
- Registered Vascular Technologist (RVT).
- Registered Diagnostic Cardiac Sonographer (RDCS).
- The Cardiovascular Credentialing International (CCI) allows sonographers to earn credentials such as:
- RCCS: Registered Congenital Cardiac Sonographer.
- RCS: Registered Cardiac Sonographer.
- RPhS: Registered Phlebology Sonographer.
- RVS: Registered Vascular Specialist.
- The American Registry of Radiologic Technology (ARRT)
- Sonography R.T. (S).
- Breast Sonography R.T. (BS).
- Vascular Sonography R.T. (VS).