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Mr Ultrasound Technician Dot Com- A Day In The Life Of An
Ultrasound technicians, also known as ultrasound techs, take diagnostic images with the use of
sound waves of abdominal, obstetric, gynecological and neurological areas of the body as ordered by
a patient’s physician. The images can be recorded on video or as still shots for the physician to exam
at a later time. This is done in order to help a physician properly and more accurately diagnose
patients underlying health issues.
An ultra sound technologist will need to collect a patient’s medical history, adjust and position the
patient’s body for the most optimal viewing position as well as talk the patient through the procedure
and answer any questions that patient may have.
During the procedure the tech will look for problem areas and note any findings that are cause for
concern for the physician to follow up on.
Positions for this career are in high demand and steadily growing. One of the reasons for this is due
to the pay rate, education requirements, length of required education and job placement possibilities.
Ultrasound schools offer two year programs in order for individuals to become certified with the
American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography and earn their associates degree in diagnostic
medical sonography. A student must have either a GED or high school diploma in order to enroll in a
What You’ll Learn on your Way to Becoming an Ultrasound Tech
While enrolled in an ultrasound technologist college program, a student will learn by hands on
experience with the ultrasound equipment, learn how to operate and maintain said equipment and
complete classes on the following studies:
• Medical Terminology
• Patient positioning
• Proper patient protocol
• Equipment maintenance
• Safety regulations
• Anatomy and Biology
• Abdominal Sonography
• Gynecological Sonography
• Sonography physics
Students will also need to learn how to properly interact with patients, be educated on how to easily
explain the procedure to patients and be able to answer any questions a patient might have. The
technician will also work closely with physicians and will need to carefully follow any delegated
These classes will also help prepare students for the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical
Sonography exam that can be taken once the initial courses have been completed. Ultrasound
technologists are not required by the state to become certified by the ARDM, but students will be
enabled to find easier employment with certification completion.
There are several specialties for you to choose from, such as:
• ophthalmologic sonography
• abdominal sonography
• obstetric and gynecologic sonography
Opathalmologic sonography deals with the eyes, giving an accurate eye measurement and also
allowing for prosthetic lens placement and can also help to detect irregular blood vessels in the eyes
or tumors. Abdominal sonography deals with the pancreas, spleen, gallbladder, kidneys and liver.
Neursonography involves taking diagnostic images of the brain as well as the nervous system. A
fetus’s brain can also be scanned to look for abnormalities or other health issues. Neurosonographers
use different frequencies in order to examine the brain. Obstetric and gynecologic sonography is one
of the most common types of sonography and deals with the female reproductive system and
echocardiography and vascular technology. This type of sonography is used to take images of
fetuses still in the womb, in order to insure the health of the infant as well as to determine the sex.
You may have asked yourself “how much does ultrasound technician school cost?” Typically, the
cost of education for this career is 75$-500$ per credit. If attending a four year sonographer school,
the tuition will be much more costly, than if you were to attend a community college. At a two year
sonographer college the annual tuition can run 3,000$ if attending a two year sonographer school the
tuition can cost around half the price of a four year school. Some four year colleges offer sonographer
programs with a total cost of 37,000$ for the whole program, including materials. If you choose to
attend a vocational school, always research the school to find an accredited one, where credits are
transferable. Also, some vocational schools that offer classes can be more expensive than the same
courses offered by a community college. When choosing a sonography college, also look into their
success rate with graduates that have completed their program.
There are also some programs available for online ultrasound technician schools. These online
courses are convenient for those students who also work or have other commitments. While online
courses can help you towards your goal of becoming a tech, you will also need to spend a certain
amount of time in the classroom in order to complete the program. The classroom time is devoted to
the hands-on aspect of learning how to operate and maintain sonographer equipment. Some of the
top accredited online colleges that offer ultrasound tech programs are: University of Phoenix, Argosy
University, American intercontinental University and Kaplan University. These online programs costs
are similar to those of vocational schools and will vary depending on the school and whether or not
these schools offer financial aid.
Some vocational schools, such as ITT Tech offer their students career counseling and job placement
opportunities after graduation.
Most ultrasound schools will offer financial aid to those low income students that qualify.
Some of the top schools for this field, based on the amount of students enrolled in ultrasound
technician programs are:
• Miami Dade College
• Houston Community College
• Northern Virginia Community College
• Lone Star College system
• Austin Community College
• Valencia community College
• Broward College
• University of Iowa
• Nova Southeastern College
• Tidewater Community College
• Florida Community College, Jacksonville
• El Paso Community College
• College of DuPage
• Palm Beach Community College
• George Washington University
• Oakland Community College
• Central New Mexico Community College
• Orange Coast College
• Montgomery College
Where you can make the most annual salary as an ultrasound technologist?
After obtaining an associate’s degree a graduate can find employment in various medical settings,
• Family practices
• Medical imaging centers
• Medical clinics
• And research labs
• Veterinarian offices
The salary rate for an ultrasound tech will be based on experience as well as where you live as the
salary will fluctuate from state to state. States such as New York or California, where the cost of
living is higher, will have the higher paying sonographer salary. The median annual salary for a
sonographer is 64,000. The projected growth rate for this particular field is 44% between the years of
2010-2020, which is much faster than average for all occupations.
The environment in which you work will also play a part in how much you will earn. Places such as
hospitals or diagnostic imaging centers will offer a higher annual salary than that of a small private
practice of medical clinic. Ultrasound technologists that have several years of experience in the field
will also be more likely to earn top salary potential.