Ultrasound Technician Job Profile and Description

An ultrasound technician, also known as a sonographer is responsible for using machines that are used for the for the purpose of conducting diagnosis of internal organs of a human body by directing sound waves and creating echo mapped pictures. They can be found working in a pathology lab, nursing home, clinic or a hospital. They are in charge of operating the sonographic scanner and ensure that it is working accurately while diagnosing the internal organs of the patient. An ultrasound technician has to explain the procedure in which the scanning will take place before the scanning takes place. They have to program as well as adjust the scanner in order to execute the process. An ultrasound technician can have specialties in examining cardiovascular organs, pelvic and also the abdominal region.

Ultrasound Technician Duties and Responsibilities

The duties and responsibilities of an ultrasound technician are as follows:

  • Operating the ultrasound scanner in order to direct sound waves in the internal organs of the patient
  • Programming and adjusting  the scanner in order to execute the scanning process
  • Explaining the scanning process to the patient
  • Ensuring that the scanner is working accurately during the scanning process
  • Taking multiple pictures of internal organs and storing them in a film or a disk and then sharing it with the physician in order to make diagnosis
  • Taking care of the medical files of the patients’
  • May have to sometimes prepare the work schedule
  • Evaluate the purchase of a potential equipment
  • Updating the records of the patients after the scanning process is over

Ultrasound Technician Skills and Specifications

In order to work as an ultrasound technician, it is necessary for an individual to possess the following skills and specifications:

  • Must have strong people skills
  • Need to possess the ability to communicate effectively
  • Ability to explain procedures
  • Must be patient in nature
  • Ability to do multi tasking
  • Must have good assistance skills
  • Knowledge about internal organs of human anatomy
  • Must have basic technical skills

Ultrasound Technician Education and Qualification

The degrees and qualifications required in order to work as an ultrasound technician are as follows:

  • Two or four year degree as an ultrasound technician
  • Must be registered with Registry for Diagnostic Medical Monographers

Ultrasound Technician Salary

The average annual salary of anultrasound technician is around $62000.