What Are Diagnostic Medical Sonographers?

What is a DMS?

Diagnostic Medical Sonographers are also commonly known as Ultrasound technicians. They use ultrasound high frequency sounds waves to produce images of internal body tissues. Those images are used to help doctors in diagnosing conditions such as heart disease, cancer, and pregnancy. It is a very important process that helps control and treat medical conditions.

What is the job outlook for DMS?

Employment for DMS is projected to grow 19% from 2018 to 2028 (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics). Diagnostic imagers who are certified have the best job opportunities and have high job security.

Working as a DMS

A DMS typically works in a hospital, but they also work in physicians’ offices, laboratories, and patient care centers. Here is a list of a typical workday as a DMS

  • Observe screen during scan to ensure that the 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 sonograms and an oral or written summary of technical findings to physicians for use in medical diagnosis.
  • Select appropriate equipment settings and adjust patient positions to obtain the best sites and angles.
  • Operate ultrasound equipment to produce and record images of the motion, shape, and composition of blood, organs, tissues, or bodily masses, such as fluid accumulations.

Benefits of going into DMS

When getting employed, the benefits usually include medical, dental, life, and vision insurance. As well as vacation, sick leave, and retirement plans. The benefits that come with being a DMS is undoubtedly a good reason to become one.