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Using sound to see…that’s the short way to explain the science of sonography. Diagnostic Medical Sonographers use special equipment to direct safe, high frequency sound waves towards a particular part of the body. The echoes of those waves are collected and turned into moving images. The sonographer is trained to select particular images, and record them for a physician to use in making a diagnosis, or in monitoring a medical condition, such as pregnancy. They may specialize in such areas as obstetrics and gynecologic sonography, abdominal sonography, neurosonography, opthalmologic sonography, vascular technology or echocardiography. Training for this career is available at many two and four year colleges. Certification exams are available from the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers. Beginning in 2005, an associate or higher degree will be required for registration. While theirs is a highly technical profession, diagnostic medical sonographers should have good “people skills.” They should be able to calm an anxious patient, and explain the process in a comforting way. Their duties may include keeping patient records, adjusting and maintaining equipment, and preparing work schedules Also called ultra-sonography, this profession provides a vital…and painless…health care service.

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