CompGeo Salary Survey Benchmark Job Summary and Competencies

Diagnostic Medical Sonographers

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CompGeo Occupation Group: Health Care
Job Family: Medical Technology
Benchmark Title: Diagnostic Medical Sonographers
 
Summary Job Description Tasks
Produce ultrasonic recordings of internal organs for use by physicians. Decide which images to include, looking for differences between healthy and pathological areas.
 
Observe screen during scan to ensure that image produced is satisfactory for diagnostic purposes, making adjustments to equipment as required.
 
Observe and care for patients throughout examinations to ensure their safety and comfort.
 
Provide sonogram and oral or written summary of technical findings to physician for use in medical diagnosis.
 
Operate ultrasound equipment to produce and record images of the motion, shape and composition of blood, organs, tissues and bodily masses such as fluid accumulations.
 
Select appropriate equipment settings and adjust patient positions to obtain the best sites and angles.
 
Determine whether scope of exam should be extended, based on findings.
 
Process and code film from procedures and complete appropriate documentation.
 
Obtain and record accurate patient history, including prior test results and information from physical examinations.
 
Prepare patient for exam by explaining procedure, transferring them to ultrasound table, scrubbing skin and applying gel, and positioning them properly.
 
Record and store suitable images, using camera unit connected to the ultrasound equipment.
 
Coordinate work with physicians and other health care team members, including providing assistance during invasive 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.
 
Perform legal and ethical duties including preparing safety and accident reports, obtaining written consent from patient to perform invasive procedures, and reporting symptoms of abuse and neglect.
 
Supervise and train students and other medical sonographers.
 
Maintain stock and supplies, preparing supplies for special examinations and ordering supplies when necessary.
 
Clean, check and maintain sonographic equipment, submitting maintenance requests or performing minor repairs as necessary.
 
Perform clerical duties such as scheduling exams and special procedures, keeping records and archiving computerized images.
 
Perform medical procedures such as administering oxygen, inserting and removing airways, taking vital signs, and giving emergency treatment, such as first aid or cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR).
 
Load and unload film cassettes used to record images from procedures.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Health Care
Job Family: Medical Technology
Benchmark Title: Diagnostic Medical Sonographers
 
Important Knowledge Competencies Competency Description
Customer and Personal Service Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
 
Medicine and Dentistry Knowledge of the information and techniques needed to diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities. This includes symptoms, treatment alternatives, drug properties and interactions, and preventive health-care measures.
 
Physics Knowledge and prediction of physical principles, laws, their interrelationships, and applications to understanding fluid, material, and atmospheric dynamics, and mechanical, electrical, atomic and sub- atomic structures and processes.
 
English Language Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
 
Computers and Electronics Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
 
Education and Training Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
 
Psychology Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.
 
Mathematics Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Health Care
Job Family: Medical Technology
Benchmark Title: Diagnostic Medical Sonographers
 
Important Skill Competencies Competency Description
Speaking Talking to others to convey information effectively.
 
Active Listening Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
 
Reading Comprehension Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
 
Social Perceptiveness Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
 
Science Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.
 
Critical Thinking Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
 
Monitoring Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
 
Time Management Managing one's own time and the time of others.
 
Coordination Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
 
Service Orientation Actively looking for ways to help people.
 
Operation Monitoring Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
 
Operation and Control Controlling operations of equipment or systems.
 
Writing Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
 
Active Learning Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
 
Judgment and Decision Making Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
 
Instructing Teaching others how to do something.
 
Complex Problem Solving Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
 
Learning Strategies Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.
 
Quality Control Analysis Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.
 
Persuasion Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Health Care
Job Family: Medical Technology
Benchmark Title: Diagnostic Medical Sonographers
 
Important Ability Competencies Competency Description
Oral Comprehension The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
 
Oral Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
 
Near Vision The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
 
Written Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
 
Problem Sensitivity The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
 
Control Precision The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.
 
Speech Recognition The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
 
Speech Clarity The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
 
Written Comprehension The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
 
Inductive Reasoning The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
 
Arm-Hand Steadiness The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.
 
Deductive Reasoning The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
 
Finger Dexterity The ability to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects.
 
Information Ordering The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
 
Flexibility of Closure The ability to identify or detect a known pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) that is hidden in other distracting material.
 
Selective Attention The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.
 
Manual Dexterity The ability to quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.
 
Visual Color Discrimination The ability to match or detect differences between colors, including shades of color and brightness.
 
Category Flexibility The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.
 
Visualization The ability to imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged.
 
Extent Flexibility The ability to bend, stretch, twist, or reach with your body, arms, and/or legs.
 
Perceptual Speed The ability to quickly and accurately compare similarities and differences among sets of letters, numbers, objects, pictures, or patterns. The things to be compared may be presented at the same time or one after the other. This ability also includes comparing a presented object with a remembered object.
 
Multilimb Coordination The ability to coordinate two or more limbs (for example, two arms, two legs, or one leg and one arm) while sitting, standing, or lying down. It does not involve performing the activities while the whole body is in motion.
 
Speed of Closure The ability to quickly make sense of, combine, and organize information into meaningful patterns.
 
Time Sharing The ability to shift back and forth between two or more activities or sources of information (such as speech, sounds, touch, or other sources).
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Health Care
Job Family: Medical Technology
Benchmark Title: Diagnostic Medical Sonographers
 
Tools/Technology Example Product Category
Calendar and scheduling software Calendar and scheduling software
 
Database software Data base user interface and query software
 
Email software Electronic mail software
 
Patient medical record software Medical software
 
Spreadsheet software Spreadsheet software
 
Word processing software Word processing software
 
3D sonography equipment Medical ultrasound or doppler or echo three dimensional components
 
A-Mode ultrasound machines Medical ultrasound or doppler or pulse echo or echography units for general diagnostic use
 
Cardiac ultrasound equipment Cardiac ultrasound or doppler or echo units or cardioscopes
 
Color Doppler ultrasound equipment Medical ultrasound or doppler or pulse echo or echography units for general diagnostic use
 
Continuous-wave ultrasound equipment Medical ultrasound or doppler or pulse echo or echography units for general diagnostic use
 
Desktop computers Desktop computers
 
Evacuated blood collection tubes Vacuum blood collection tubes or containers
 
High frequency transducers Medical ultrasound or doppler or echo transducers or accessories
 
Immobilization and positioning devices Medical radiological positioning aids for general radiological use
 
Intravenous IV supplies Intravenous tubing with catheter administration kits
 
Lancets Lancets
 
Lead barriers Medical radiological shielding freestanding or portable screens
 
M-mode ultrasound machines Medical ultrasound or doppler or pulse echo or echography units for general diagnostic use
 
Medical ultrasound printers Medical ultrasound or doppler or echo printers
 
Notebook computers Notebook computers
 
Personal computers Personal computers
 
Personal protective clothing Hazardous material protective apparel
 
Picture archiving and communication systems PACS Medical picture archiving computer systems PACS
 
Plethysmographs Body plethysmographs
 
Pulsed-wave Doppler ultrasound units Medical ultrasound or doppler or pulse echo or echography units for general diagnostic use
 
Safety glasses Safety glasses
 
Safety gloves Protective gloves
 
Sandbags Medical radiological positioning aids for general radiological use
 
Sphygmomanometers Blood pressure cuff kits
 
Tablet computers Tablet computers
 
Tourniquets Tourniquets
 
Transducers Medical ultrasound or doppler or echo transducers or accessories
 
Two-dimensional doppler ultrasound equipment Medical ultrasound or doppler or pulse echo or echography units for general diagnostic use
 
Ultrasound monitors Medical ultrasound or doppler or echo monitors
 
Ultrasound video equipment Medical ultrasound or doppler or echo monitors
 
Venipuncture needles Hypodermic needles
 
X ray beam restriction devices Medical x ray apparatus filters
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Health Care
Job Family: Medical Technology
Benchmark Title: Diagnostic Medical Sonographers
 
Prerequisite Qualification Category Education and Experience Level
Required Level of Education Associate's Degree (or other 2-year degree)
 
Related Work Experience Over 1 year, up to and including 2 years
 
On-the-Job Training Over 1 month, up to and including 3 months
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Health Care
Job Family: Medical Technology
Benchmark Title: Diagnostic Medical Sonographers
 
Alternate Job Title(s)
Cardiac Sonographer
Cardiac/Vascular Sonographer
Diagnostic Medical Sonographer
Echo Tech (Echocardiographic Technician)
Registered Diagnonstic Medical Sonographer (RDMS)
Registered Diagnostic Medical Sonographer
Sonogram Technician
Sonographer
Sonography Technician
Ultra Sound Technician
Ultrasonic Tester
Ultrasonographer
Ultrasound Technician
Ultrasound Technologist
Ultrasound Tester
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Health Care
Job Family: Medical Technology
Benchmark Title: Diagnostic Medical Sonographers
 
 
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