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Oswego Career Ladders - Sonographer

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Industry: Healthcare
Area: Radiology

Diagnostic medical sonographers, also known as ultrasonographers, use special equipment to direct non-ionizing, high frequency sound waves into areas of the patients body. Sonographers operate equipment which collects reflected echoes and forms an image that may be videotaped, transmitted, or photographed for interpretation and diagnosis by a physician.Sonographers begin by explaining the procedure to the patient and recording any additional medical history that may be relevant to the condition being viewed. They then select the appropriate equipment settings and direct the patient to move into positions that will provide the best view. To perform the exam, sonographers use a transducer, which transmits sound waves in a cone- or rectangle-shaped beam. Diagnostic medical sonographers may specialize in obstetric and gynecologic sonography, abdominal sonography, neurosonography, or opthalmologic sonography.

Work Settings

More than half of all sonographer jobs are in hospitals. Most of the rest are in physicians offices and clinics, primarily in offices specializing in obstetrics, and in diagnostic imaging centers.

Job Outlook

Faster than average growth expected.


$32,000 - $60,000 (NYS Avg. $47,250)

Work Schedule

Most work a 40-hour week; they may have evening and weekend hours, or times when they are on call.

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