Diagnostic medical sonographers, also sometimes called ultrasound technicians, use non-invasive ultrasound imaging equipment to produce images that help physicians to diagnose a variety of conditions. Sonographers work in hospitals, clinics, physicians' offices, governmental agencies and other health care facilities. They typically interact with patients during the imaging procedures, and in addition to their technical training, they must have excellent communication skills.
Applicants to Diagnostic Medical Sonography programs must have a thorough understanding of science topics. Programs typically require that applicants complete prerequisite coursework in biology, anatomy, physiology, physics and chemistry. Prerequisite courses in math, health care topics, medical terminology, and other general education subjects are also often required. Some programs require that applicants complete this coursework before they can be considered for admission to the DMS program, and other schools allow accepted students to complete the coursework after acceptance.
Sonography programs generally have a limited number of available slots for new students and are thus selective in their admission process. Preference in admissions may be given to applicants who already hold a degree in a related health care field, who have already completed prerequisite coursework, or who have professional clinical experience in a related radiologic technology field.
Indiana does not require that sonographers hold a state-issued license in order to work in the field, but sonographers must hold professional certification in order to qualify for employment and to practice in the state. The standard Registered Diagnostic Medical Sonographer (RDMS) credential is administered by the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS), and may be obtained by graduates of sonography programs accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP).
In order to qualify for RDMS certification, applicants must have successfully completed both an accredited sonography program and a period of supervised clinical practice. After having completed these prerequisite requirements, certification applicants are allowed to sit for exams, which include both a general sonography exam and exams that cover specialty areas of sonography.
The map below shows job statistics for the career type by metro area, for Indiana. A table below the map shows job popularity and salaries across the state.
Listed below are metro areas ranked by the popularity of jobs for Sonographers relative to the population of the city. Salary data was obtained from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
2016 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2016-26 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov; O*NET® 22.1 Database, O*NET OnLine, National Center for O*NET Development, Employment & Training Administration, U.S. Department of Labor, onetonline.org
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