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What is the hardest part and challenges of being Diagnostic medical sonographers?

I am a senior in high school thinking of my options,and i know i want to work in the medical field. What are the challenges you may face working in this type of field? Any feedback would be great! #medicine #hospitals -sonography -sonographer

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Hi April,

A Diagnostic Medical Sonographer is a Diagnostic Ultrasound Professional that is qualified by professional credentialing and academic and clinical experience to provide diagnostic patient care services using ultrasound and related diagnostic procedures. The scope of practice of the Diagnostic Medical Sonographer includes those procedures, acts and processes permitted by law, for which the individual has received education and clinical experience, has demonstrated competency, and has completed the appropriate ARDMS certification(s) which is the standard of practice in ultrasound.

The Diagnostic Medical Sonographer is responsible for the independent operation of sonographic equipment, and for performing and communicating results of diagnostic examinations using sonography.

The Diagnostic Medical Sonographer is responsible for daily operations of the sonographic laboratory, patient schedule, equipment maintenance, the report of equipment failures, and quality assessment (QA). The sonographer maintains a high standard of medical ethics at all times and is self-motivated to increase level of understanding and knowledge of the field, disease, and new procedures as they evolve.


  • Performs all requested sonographic examinations as ordered by the attending physician.

  • Prepares preliminary reports and contacts referring physicians when required, according to established procedures.

  • Coordinates with other staff to assure appropriate patient care is provided.

  • Addresses problems of patient care as they arise and makes decisions to appropriately resolve the problems.

  • Organizes daily work schedule and performs related clerical duties as required.

  • Assumes responsibility for the safety and well-being of all patients in the sonographic area/department.

  • Reports equipment failures to the appropriate supervisor or staff member.

  • Provides in-service education team on requirements of sonographic procedures as requested by other members of the health care team.

  • Performs other related duties as assigned.


Graduate of a formal Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program or Cardiovascular Technology Program that is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) is required.
Bachelor of Science degree in Diagnostic Medical Sonography is desirable.

The employee must be physically capable of carrying out all assigned duties:

  • Emotional and physical health sufficient to meet the demands of the position.

  • Strength sufficient to: lift some patients, move heavy equipment on wheels (up to approximately 500 lbs), and to move patients in wheelchairs and stretchers.

  • Ability to maintain prolonged arm positions necessary for scanning.


Good Luck in your journey!