What are the Different Sonography Jobs?

Sara Schmidt
Sara Schmidt
Sonographers use devices that emit ultrasounds to monitor the condition of a patient's internal organs.
Sonographers use devices that emit ultrasounds to monitor the condition of a patient's internal organs.

Sonography jobs are typically held by diagnostic medical sonographers, non-physician professionals who use ultrasound, or high-frequency sound waves, to record images of patient body parts. These images can then be used by a physician to prevent, diagnose and treat different medical conditions, or to track the development of fetuses in the womb.

Many different types of sonography jobs are available for occupation. For example, vascular technologists specialize in imaging and tests of blood vessels. Sonographers who study the abdomen are responsible for evaluating the abdominal organs, such as the liver, spleen, urinary tract, and pancreas, as well as soft tissue and blood vessels in the region.

A 4D ultrasound is capable of capturing images and movements of a developing baby.
A 4D ultrasound is capable of capturing images and movements of a developing baby.

Echocardiography sonographers evaluate the heart's blood flow, as well as its blood vessels and valves. Sonographers who work in diagnostic mammography specialize in breast analysis, while those who major in obstetrics or gynecology evaluate the female reproductive system. Neurosonology songographers work on imaging the brain and spinal cord, and ophthalmology sonographers examine the eye.

Problems with the spleen, pancreas or bile duct may be diagnosed with an abdominal ultrasound.
Problems with the spleen, pancreas or bile duct may be diagnosed with an abdominal ultrasound.

Most sonograhpy jobs have similar, if not the same, duties and responsibilities. Managing patient history records, analyzing information following diagnostic procedures, judging the needs of a procedure on a case-by-case basis, and providing a summary of technical findings, either orally or written, to the ordering physician are all tasks that an average sonographer may encounter. People seeking sonography jobs should also expect to collaborate with doctors and other members of a health care team.

Pregnancy sonograms are commonly taken after a fetus is eight weeks old.
Pregnancy sonograms are commonly taken after a fetus is eight weeks old.

In 2007, there were 47,000 sonography jobs in the United States alone. More than half of the sonography jobs that exist are in hospitals. Outpatient care centers also employ ultrasound technicians, as do medical or private practice physician offices, clinics, public health facilities, diagnostic imaging centers and laboratories. Rapid growth is expected to continue for these facilities, resulting in an even higher demand for sonographers.

Sonographers who work in diagnostic mammography specialize in breast analysis.
Sonographers who work in diagnostic mammography specialize in breast analysis.

Demand for sonography is also high due to the preference of ultrasound over x-rays. Ultrasound is typically safer than x-rays, as well as less costly for patients. As new technologies continually develop, sonography jobs will continue to be in high demand. New procedures, such as 3D and 4D sonography, are expected to grow quickly, requiring both updated education for current technicians, as well as a need for more technicians overall. In fact, sonography jobs are expected to be faster-growing than the average job demand as the population ages and grows.

Sara Schmidt
Sara Schmidt

A graduate of Southeast Missouri State University, Sara has a Master’s Degree in English, which she puts to use writing for and several magazines, websites, and nonprofit organizations. She has published her own novella, and has other literary projects currently in progress. Sara’s varied interests have also led her to teach children in Spain, tutor college students, run CPR and first aid classes, and organize student retreats.

Sara Schmidt
Sara Schmidt

A graduate of Southeast Missouri State University, Sara has a Master’s Degree in English, which she puts to use writing for and several magazines, websites, and nonprofit organizations. She has published her own novella, and has other literary projects currently in progress. Sara’s varied interests have also led her to teach children in Spain, tutor college students, run CPR and first aid classes, and organize student retreats.

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anon74929

thanks for the information. i have decided to take a look at the different sonography areas and find the best for me.

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    • Sonographers use devices that emit ultrasounds to monitor the condition of a patient's internal organs.
      By: Alexander Raths
      Sonographers use devices that emit ultrasounds to monitor the condition of a patient's internal organs.
    • A 4D ultrasound is capable of capturing images and movements of a developing baby.
      By: Tess Watson
      A 4D ultrasound is capable of capturing images and movements of a developing baby.
    • Problems with the spleen, pancreas or bile duct may be diagnosed with an abdominal ultrasound.
      By: snapgalleria
      Problems with the spleen, pancreas or bile duct may be diagnosed with an abdominal ultrasound.
    • Pregnancy sonograms are commonly taken after a fetus is eight weeks old.
      By: Giovanni Cancemi
      Pregnancy sonograms are commonly taken after a fetus is eight weeks old.
    • Sonographers who work in diagnostic mammography specialize in breast analysis.
      By: Picture Partners
      Sonographers who work in diagnostic mammography specialize in breast analysis.