The diagnostic medical sonographer, or ultrasound technician, plays a crucial role in assessing and diagnosing various medical conditions. They also monitor pregnancies. For anyone interested in pursuing a career in this rewarding field, Miami is an excellent place to study and seek employment. South Florida needs more sonography specialists, so it’s a great market with plenty of opportunities.
Our Cambridge team has put together this brief description of what you can expect from a career as an ultrasound tech.
The Work Environment
As a sonographer, you’ll get to work directly with patients. Most of the work you do will be done using diagnostic imaging machines, but you’ll spend a good deal of time speaking with patients and making them comfortable. You could be asked to work evenings or weekends at times because your imaging work could be needed in an emergency.
Ultrasound technicians can work in a variety of settings, including hospitals, doctor’s offices, imaging clinics, and medical and diagnostic labs. Each setting is different, but for the most part, the job of the sonographer is quite similar in each place.
Working With Ultrasound Equipment
Diagnostic ultrasound produces images of the inside of the patient’s body by using high-frequency sound waves. As a sonographer, you’ll command a machine called an ultrasound transducer. You press the transducer to the parts of the patient’s body that require examination. Then, you activate the transducer, which sends soundwaves into the body, which bounce back to the machine so they can be displayed as images.
Responsibilities of a Diagnostic Medical Sonographer
To administer an ultrasound properly and safely, you’ll complete several steps with each patient:
- Speak with patients about their medical history and answering questions they ask about the procedure.
- Prepare (and maintain) imaging equipment.
- Apply a gel to the patient’s body to help soundwaves show up clearly in the imaging.
- Operate the transducer to get the required diagnostic images.
Once you’ve prepared the patient and completed the scan, you will then:
- Analyze the images to check for quality and to ensure you have images of the desired areas.
- Look for abnormalities in the images.
- Provide preliminary findings to the physician.
- Record the findings and update the patient’s records.
Different Types of Sonography
Depending on the facility where you work, you may find yourself administering ultrasounds for several types of conditions, or you may become a specialist in a particular type of sonography. Specific types of sonography include:
- Neurosonography: Imaging of the brain and nervous system
- Abdominal sonography: Imaging of the abdominal cavity and nearby organs
- Breast sonography: Imaging of breast tissue to aid in mammograms or track tumors
- Obstetric and gynecologic sonography: Imaging of the female reproductive system, including ultrasounds for pregnant women.
Find Out More About Becoming a Diagnostic Medical Sonographer in Miami
If sonography is a career option you’d like to explore, we’d love to have you on the Miami campus of Cambridge College. To learn more about the program, contact an advisor today. We’re here to discuss all the details and answer your questions.