Diagnostic Medical Sonographers
On the Job
Diagnostic Medical Sonographers use sound waves to produce ultrasonic recordings of internal organs. Physicians use these results to diagnose or treat disease.
Typical Work Tasks
People who work in this career often:
- Assist healthcare practitioners during surgery.
- Implement advanced life support techniques.
- Position patients for treatment or examination.
- Prepare patients physically for medical procedures.
- Treat medical emergencies.
- Gather medical information from patient histories.
- Maintain medical facility records.
- Prepare official health documents or records.
- Record patient medical histories.
- Collaborate with healthcare professionals to plan or provide treatment.
Typical Working Conditions
- The importance of being accurate or exact.
- Frequent contact with others.
- Close physical proximity with other people.
- Using your hands to handle, control, or feel objects, tools, or controls.
- Exposure to disease or infections.
- Working with a group or team.
- Frequent decision-making.
- Meeting strict deadlines.
- Wearing common protective or safety equipment such as safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hearing protection, hard hats, or life jackets.
- Dealing with unpleasant or angry people.
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