Diagnostic Medical Sonography
Allied Health Science Building (AHS), Room 148, (907) 786-6936
Diagnostic medical sonographers typically work in a variety of medical settings under the supervision of a radiologist or attending physician. Diagnostic medical sonographers use special equipment to direct high-frequency sound waves into areas of the patient’s body to form images that are interpreted by a physician for diagnosis. Diagnostic medical sonography requires the ability to sit or stand for long periods of time, employ excellent eye-hand coordination, communicate effectively, perform clinical assessments, use cognitive skills to adapt procedures as appropriate, use independent judgment to differentiate between normal and abnormal sonographic findings, record sonographic data, and communicate findings to the appropriate physician. Examples of examinations performed by sonographers include: abdominal, gynecological, fetal, breast, vascular, small part and superficial.