Career Coach Message Board Highlight: Diagnostic Medical Sonographer
What does a typical day entitle for a sonographer?
Career Coach Answer: Hi Nichole,
A typical day for a medical sonographer is usually that you are given a list of patients who are scheduled for you. Usually, depending on what kind of exams you are doing, you will be performing between 8 and 10 sonography examinations in a typical day. Each examination may take anywhere between 30 and 90 minutes. You would be responsible for making the patient comfortable, explaining the examination to the patient, making sure you have a correct order and you know why the patient is there for the exam, taking a history on what kind of symptoms the patient is having and then performing the exam and giving a technical report to the physician that is reading the exam. Sometimes you could be responsible for giving your technical report and findings verbally to the doctor who is reading the exam. The doctor would then read the exam and be responsible for giving the results to the doctor who ordered the exam. Sometimes you may have to escort the patient to the emergency room or somewhere else in the health care facility for treatment or an additional procedure, if you find something that needs immediate attention. Many sonographers take call or work on the weekends, depending on where they work. Please let me know if you have any other questions. I hope this information was helpful.