Ultrasound Technologist

Produce two-dimensional ultrasonic recordings of internal organs.
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Salary Range
$37,000 – $77,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Ultrasound Technologists do?

Produces two-dimensional ultrasonic recordings of internal organs, using ultrasound equipment, for use by physician in diagnosis of disease and study of malfunction of organs: Selects equipment for use in ultrasound setup according to specifications of examination. Explains process to patient, and instructs and assists patient in assuming physical position for examination. Selects transducer and adjusts equipment controls according to organ to be examined, depth of field, and other specifications of test. Keys test data and patient information into computer of ultrasound equipment to maintain record of test results. Moves transducer, by hand, over specified area of body and observes sound wave display screen to monitor quality of ultrasonic pattern produced. Starts equipment which produces images of internal organs and records diagnostic data on magnetic tape, computer disk, strip printout, or film. Photographs images of organs shown on display module, or removes strip printout from equipment, to obtain permanent record of internal examination. Discusses test results with supervisor or attending physician.

Should I be an Ultrasound Technologist?

You should have an associate's degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Team Player: You're able to listen, communicate, and work with tons of different people.
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.
  • Levelheaded: You hold your emotions in check, even in tough situations.

  • How to become an Ultrasound Technologist

    Most Ultrasound Technologists have a Bachelor's degree or an Associate's degree. Chart?chd=s:gt9uaa&chl=no+college+%285%25%29|certificate+%2834%25%29|associate%27s+%2846%25%29|bachelor%27s+%2815%25%29||&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,5,46
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