Diagnostic Medical Sonographer

What is a Diagnostic Medical Sonographer?

A Diagnostic Medical Sonographer is a medical imaging professional who uses ultrasound machinery to capture images for diagnosis and treatment of illness or injury. One common use of ultrasound is to look at fetuses in the womb and monitor their health and growth. Ultrasound can also be used to get images of torn ligaments or other injuries of tissues softer than bone. Sonographers must become experts at generating high-quality images, but they don’t examine patients or diagnose injuries themselves. Physicians diagnose and treat patients based on the images produced by sonographers.

Diagnostic medical sonographers primarily work in hospitals, whose imaging departments tend to stay open 24/7, but they can also be hired in the following settings:

  • Private Practices
  • Public Health Clinics
  • Medical and diagnostic laboratories
  • Outpatient care facilities

What Do Diagnostic Medical Sonographers Earn?

According to The Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual salary for a diagnostic medical sonographer is $64,380 per year, or about $31 per hour. Variation in salary may depend on the type of facility a sonographer works in, their level of experience or training, and the geographic location of their employment. Some cities have higher demand, and therefore higher pay, for sonographers, as is the case with most professions.

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