32122 – Medical sonographers


32122 – Medical sonographers
Medical sonographers operate ultrasound equipment to produce and record images of various parts of the body to aid physicians in monitoring pregnancies and in diagnosing cardiac, ophthalmic, vascular and other medical disorders. They are employed in clinics and hospitals. Medical sonographers who are supervisors or instructors are included in this unit group.


Index of titles
Adult echocardiographer
Cardiac sonographer
Cardiac ultrasound technician
Cardiac ultrasound technologist
Chief diagnostic medical sonographer
Diagnostic cardiac sonographer
Diagnostic echography technician
Diagnostic medical sonographer
Diagnostic medical sonography instructor
Diagnostic ultrasonography technician
Diagnostic ultrasound supervisor
Diagnostic ultrasound technician
Diagnostic ultrasound technologist - medical
Echocardiography technician
Echocardiography technologist
Echocardiography technologist sonographer
Echography technician
Echography technologist
Medical imaging technologist - ultrasound
Medical sonographer
Medical sonographers supervisor
Pediatric echocardiographer
Registered diagnostic cardiac sonographer
Registered diagnostic medical sonographer (RDMS)
Registered ultrasound technologist
Sonographer - medical
Sonography technologist
Student medical sonographer
Student sonographer - medical
Ultrasonographer - medical
Ultrasonography technician
Ultrasonography technologist
Ultrasound supervisor
Ultrasound technician
Ultrasound technologist
Vascular sonographer


Main duties
This group performs some or all of the following duties:
Operate ultrasound imaging equipment that transmits high frequency sound pulses through the body to produce images of those parts of the body requiring examination
Monitor examination by viewing images on video screen, to evaluate quality and consistency of diagnostic images, and make adjustments to equipment, as required
Record, store and process scanned images by using camera unit connected to ultrasound equipment
Observe and care for patients throughout examinations to ensure patient safety and comfort
Prepare examination reports for physicians to aid in the monitoring of pregnancies and the diagnosis of cardiac, abdominal, ophthalmic, vascular and other disorders
Perform quality control checks on ultrasound equipment to ensure proper operation and perform minor repairs and adjustments as required
May supervise and train students and other medical sonographers.


Employment requirements
Completion of a three- to four-year program in diagnostic medical sonography or ultrasound technology or completion of a two- to three-year program in a related allied health field and a one-year post-diploma program in diagnostic medical sonography from an accredited institution are required.
Registration with Sonography Canada and/or the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers is usually required by employers.
Registration with l'Ordre des technologues en imagerie médicale, en radio-oncologie et en électrophysiologie médicale du Québec is required in Quebec.
Registration with the College of Medical Radiation Technologists of Ontario (CMRTO) is required in Ontario.


Additional information
Medical sonographers may specialize in abdominal, cardiac, cerebral, obstetrical and gynaecological, ophthalmic, intraluminal or peripheral vascular sonography. They may also specialize in adult or pediatric echocardiography or neurosonology.
Membership in the Canadian Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers is available but voluntary.


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