Ultrasound Technician Job Description, Education and Certification

Ultrasound technician is also known as diagnostic medical sonographers. He usually works to take images and scans of different body areas, such as brains, hearts, or abdomens. Hence, this job will require you a specialized training program in ultrasound technology. If you are interested to become an ultrasound technician, here are some things that you should consider about:

Job description
An ultrasound technician’s main duty is to operate machines called sonographic scanners that produce images of patients’ internal organs. Besides his/her main duty, there are more hospital jobs that an ultrasound technician is responsible for, such as:

  • Operate and manage technical equipment of ultrasound. Being responsible for finding best technical factors and the film quality which can give maximum output with best images.
  • Explain the procedure as well as related program to the patient
  • Adjust the scanner for specific procedure
  • Decide which images called sonograms, to capture and show to the physician for diagnostic purposes.
  • Updating the equipment with modern technology
  • Inform the manager if there is any failure found
  • Taking feedback and expectation of client so that improvement can be done in each process of treatment.

Even though, an ultrasound technician is commonly associated with developing fetuses. But, they can also work as a specialist in a neurological (brain), breast, heart or abdominal sonography.

Education and Certification
You can find multiple education programs that can provide you with required basic necessary to start your career. In fact, bachelor’s and master’s degree are also available for this job. But, you need to ensure that the school you attend is accredited. You can check with the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) or the Joint Review Committee on Education in Diagnostic Medical Sonography to figure out if a school is accredited.

Furthermore, having good knowledge in science, computer and math courses are also necessary for your job will require that knowledge.

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