How to become a Ultrasound Technician (Sonographer)
A ultrasound technician is also known as a diagnostic medical sonographer. The profession is known as diagnostic medical sonography or ultrasound imaging. There are many types of medical imaging, one of which uses ultrasound to produce 2D and 3D images of the internal organs of the body. It must be noted that ultrasound imaging only applies to those areas of the body where the internal organs are not concealed within skeletal structures. For example, a diagnostic medical sonographer cannot scan images of the brain or fractures in bones.
How to become a Diagnostic Medical Sonographer
There are a few ways to become a diagnostic medical sonographer. There are accredited programs that last anywhere from 1 year to 4 years. The prerequisites required for each of the various programs vary. According to the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) however, all programs have the same base line requirement - you must be able to complete college level courses in general physics, biological science, algebra, and communication skills.
Job Profile of a Diagnostic Medical Sonographer
The job profile of a diagnostic medical sonographer includes conducting ultrasound imaging and compiling the subsequent reports. A diagnostic medical sonographer may interpret the reports or may offer an explanation of the scanned images.
A diagnostic medical sonographer does not prescribe medications, he or she doesn't recommend treatments formally, and doesn't offer a medical remedy. It is purely a diagnostic job, which is restricted to using ultrasound-imaging devices in a lab, clinic, healthcare center, or hospital.