What does an Ultrasound Sonographer do?
An Ultrasound Sonographer creates images of internal human organs and other parts of the human body using ultrasound equipment. Their goal is to help Physicians make or confirm a diagnosis. They transmit sound waves into the bodies of their patients to produce the required images.
An Ultrasound Sonographer typically works in a hospital or a Physician’s office. They may also work in an imaging lab. Their expertise is required across various fields of medicine including gynaecology and obstetrics, radiology, dentistry, oncology, and ophthalmology. They frequently collaborate with Physicians, Nurses and other Medical Technicians to get their work done.
Ultrasound Sonographer skills and qualifications
An Ultrasound Sonographer will need a strong knowledge of human physiology and medical concepts. They should also be excellent communicators with great interpersonal skills and have a good work ethic. A successful Ultrasound Sonographer will have various prerequisite skills and qualifications that typically include:
- In-depth understanding of the principles of medicine and healthcare
- Knowledge of human physiology and anatomy
- Working knowledge of transducers and other ultrasound equipment
- Excellent bedside manner
- Strong verbal and written communication skills
- Excellent physical stamina and the ability to stand for long hours
- Tact and discretion
- Thoroughness and attention to detail
Ultrasound Sonographer experience requirements
Ultrasound Sonographers must have one to two years of experience working in a healthcare-related field. Experience as a Nurse or Radiographer is acceptable. Ultrasound Sonographers can gain experience through apprenticeships. Mid-level Ultrasound Sonographers need three to five years of experience, while Senior Ultrasound Sonographers will need over five years of experience to be qualified for the position. Other experience requirements will be determined by the employer.
Ultrasound Sonographer education and training requirements
Typically, the minimum educational qualification required of an Ultrasound Sonographer is a university degree in radiology, midwifery, nursing, health science or a related field. A postgraduate certificate or diploma in clinical or medical ultrasound from an institution recognised by the Consortium for the Accreditation of Sonographic Education (CASE) is also required. A master’s degree in medical ultrasound will be useful but is not always required.
Other training requirements include a sonographer degree apprenticeship and the registered diagnostic medical sonographer (RDMS) qualification. Specific requirements will be set by the employer.
Ultrasound Sonographer salary expectations
According to Indeed Salaries, the average salary of an Ultrasound Sonographer in the UK is £53.48 per hour. Their salary varies depends on factors, including their level of education, experience, skill set, geographical location, industry and hiring company.
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