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Diagnostic Medical Sonographers - 29-2032.00

O*NET-SOC Description

Produce ultrasonic recordings of internal organs for use by physicians.

Sample of Reported Job Titles

  • Cardiac Sonographer
  • Cardiac/Vascular Sonographer
  • Diagnostic Medical Sonographer
  • Medical Sonographer
  • Registered Diagnostic Medical Sonographer (RDMS)
  • Sonographer
  • Staff Sonographer
  • Ultrasonographer
  • Ultrasound Technician (Ultrasound Tech)
  • Ultrasound Technologist (Ultrasound Tech)

SOC Occupation Groups

Related Occupations


  • Clean, check, and maintain sonographic equipment, submitting maintenance requests or performing minor repairs as necessary.
  • Coordinate work with physicians or other healthcare team members, including providing assistance during invasive procedures.
  • Decide which images to include, looking for differences between healthy and pathological areas.
  • Determine whether scope of exam should be extended, based on findings.
  • Load and unload film cassettes used to record images from procedures.
  • Maintain records that include patient information, sonographs and interpretations, files of correspondence, publications and regulations, or quality assurance records, such as pathology, biopsy, or post-operative reports.
  • Maintain stock and supplies, preparing supplies for special examinations and ordering supplies when necessary.
  • Observe and care for patients throughout examinations to ensure their safety and comfort.
  • Observe screen during scan to ensure that image produced is satisfactory for diagnostic purposes, making adjustments to equipment as required.
  • Obtain and record accurate patient history, including prior test results or information from physical examinations.
  • Operate ultrasound equipment to produce and record images of the motion, shape, and composition of blood, organs, tissues, or bodily masses, such as fluid accumulations.
  • Perform clerical duties, such as scheduling exams or special procedures, keeping records, or archiving computerized images.
  • Perform legal and ethical duties, including preparing safety or accident reports, obtaining written consent from patient to perform invasive procedures, or reporting symptoms of abuse or neglect.
  • Perform medical procedures, such as administering oxygen, inserting and removing airways, taking vital signs, or giving emergency treatment, such as first aid or cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR).
  • Prepare patient for exam by explaining procedure, transferring patient to ultrasound table, scrubbing skin and applying gel, and positioning patient properly.
  • Process and code film from procedures and complete appropriate documentation.
  • Provide sonogram and oral or written summary of technical findings to physician for use in medical diagnosis.
  • Record and store suitable images, using camera unit connected to the ultrasound equipment.
  • Select appropriate equipment settings and adjust patient positions to obtain the best sites and angles.
  • Supervise or train students or other medical sonographers.

Detailed Work Activities

  • Adjust settings or positions of medical equipment.
  • Analyze test data or images to inform diagnosis or treatment.
  • Assist healthcare practitioners during surgery.
  • Clean medical equipment or facilities.
  • Collaborate with healthcare professionals to plan or provide treatment.
  • Communicate test or assessment results to medical professionals.
  • Create advanced digital images of patients using computer imaging systems.
  • Examine medical instruments or equipment to ensure proper operation.
  • Explain medical procedures or test results to patients or family members.
  • Gather medical information from patient histories.
  • Implement advanced life support techniques.
  • Maintain inventory of medical supplies or equipment.
  • Maintain medical facility records.
  • Monitor patient conditions during treatments, procedures, or activities.
  • Monitor video displays of medical equipment to ensure proper functioning.
  • Operate diagnostic imaging equipment.
  • Order medical supplies or equipment.
  • Perform clerical work in medical settings.
  • Position patients for treatment or examination.
  • Prepare medical supplies or equipment for use.
  • Prepare official health documents or records.
  • Prepare patients physically for medical procedures.
  • Process x-rays or other medical images.
  • Record patient medical histories.
  • Repair medical facility equipment.
  • Schedule patient procedures or appointments.
  • Supervise patient care personnel.
  • Train medical providers.
  • Treat medical emergencies.

Military Crosswalk Titles

  • Advanced X-Ray Technician (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Diagnostic Imaging Apprentice, Ultrasound (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Diagnostic Imaging Craftsman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Diagnostic Imaging Craftsman, Ultrasound (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Diagnostic Imaging Helper, Ultrasound (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Diagnostic Imaging Journeyman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Diagnostic Imaging Journeyman, Ultrasound (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Ultrasound Technologist (Navy - Enlisted)

Apprenticeship Crosswalk Titles

No information available.

DOT Crosswalk Titles

  • Ultrasound Technologist