A Day in the Life: Diagnostic Medical Sonography
Imagine a bat navigating through a dark cave, using sound waves to see its surroundings. That's essentially what a diagnostic medical sonographer does, but instead of caves, we use ultrasound technology to visualize the inner workings of the human body. My name is Ellen, and I'm proud to be one of these skilled professionals who use their expertise and equipment to create valuable images for patient diagnoses and treatment.
What does a typical day look like?
My day revolves around utilizing specialized equipment that transmits safe, high-frequency sound waves towards specific areas of a patient's body. These sound waves bounce off internal structures and create echoes, which are then collected and transformed into detailed moving images known as sonograms or ultrasounds. I meticulously capture and select these images, providing crucial information for physicians to diagnose and monitor various conditions, including pregnancies.
Beyond the technical aspects, my interpersonal skills play a vital role in calming anxious patients and explaining the sonography process clearly and patiently. Effective communication extends to physicians as well, ensuring accurate and timely information exchange. In addition to patient interaction, my day involves maintaining and adjusting equipment, organizing schedules, and managing patient records. Working in a bustling hospital environment allows me to serve a large number of patients, contributing to the overall healthcare of the community.
Why choose a career in sonography?
Sonography offers exciting career prospects with diverse specialization options. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) predicts a 10% growth in employment for diagnostic medical sonographers between 2022 and 2032, which is faster than average for all occupations. This translates to 9,600 new job openings during this period.
Pursue your passion in specific areas like obstetrics and gynecology or specialize in imaging specific body parts like the abdomen, heart, or circulatory system. Further enhance your career prospects by acquiring additional credentials like the RDMS (Registered Diagnostic Medical Sonographer) in Abdomen and Obstetrics or the RT (S) (Registered Technologist—Sonography) in Abdomen and Obstetrics.
Start your journey at Rockford Career College:
Rockford Career College offers a comprehensive Associate of Applied Science Degree in Diagnostic Medical Sonography that can be completed in just 19 months. Our program provides you with the necessary knowledge and hands-on experience to excel in this field. You'll learn about anatomy, physiology, pathophysiology, and scanning protocols from experienced instructors.
We also offer you the opportunity to gain valuable real-world experience through an externship with a local clinic, ensuring you graduate ready to hit the ground running. At Rockford Career College, we're committed to your success. We offer free tutoring, job placement assistance, and financial aid to qualified students, providing the support you need to achieve your career goals.
Don't wait any longer to start your sonography journey. Contact Rockford Career College today and let us help you achieve your goals.