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Diagnostic Medical Sonographer (Ultrasound Tech)

Helping physicians diagnose medical conditions through imaging technology

As imaging technology has continued to evolve, medical facilities continue to use ultrasound to replace more invasive, costly procedures. Ultrasound is often less expensive than other imaging technologies and is often used as a first-line tool for diagnosis. Third-party payers encourage the use of these noninvasive measures over invasive ones in order to save on costs. Diagnostic medical sonographers and other diagnostic imaging personnel will continue to be needed in health care settings to provide an alternative to imaging techniques that involve radiation.

The Diagnostic Medical Sonographer (Ultrasound) program at North-West College trains students to develop the skills needed to perform diagnostic studies on patients using ultrasound equipment for diagnosis and interpretation by a physician.

Diagnostic Medical Sonographer (Ultrasound Tech)
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Sonographers perform diagnostic studies on patients using ultrasound scanners to produce images of the anatomical areas for diagnosis and interpretation by a physician. The Diagnostic Medical Sonographer program at North-West College provides the education and training needed to begin a career working with medical diagnostic imaging.

Graduates of the program routinely find jobs working in:

  • Hospitals
  • Physician’s Offices
  • Medical Clinics
  • Medical and Diagnostic Laboratories
  • Mobile imaging centers and other healthcare related facilities.

Quick Facts about Diagnostic Medical Sonographers*

  • Employment of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers is projected to grow 26 percent nationally from 2014 to 2024, much faster than the average for all occupations.
  • As the large Baby Boomer population ages, the need to diagnose medical conditions—such as blood clots and heart disease—will likely increase. Imaging technology is a tool used in making these diagnoses.
  • Diagnostic imaging workers will continue to be needed to use and maintain the equipment needed for diagnosis and treatment.
  • Most diagnostic imaging workers work full time. Some may work evenings, weekends, or overnight because they work in facilities that are always open.
*Source: https://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/diagnostic-medical-sonographers.htmMore information, including median wages and the job outlook for Diagnostic Medical Sonographers in California can be found in the California Occupational Guide published by the State of California Employment Development Department. For the latest national information, please visit U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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