A diagnostic medical sonographer could be answering the question “is it a boy or a girl?” as well as a host of other life-changing medical questions with the help of ultrasound technology. Beyond babies, sonograms are used to help diagnose other medical conditions by creating images of body organs and tissues. Being able to identify lumps, swelling, tissue damage, cysts, kidney stones, blood clots, aneurysms, cancer and so much more can be identified through the works of an ultrasound’s imaging technique.
Diagnostic medical sonographers use high-frequency sound waves and other medical imaging technology to produce images. These images are known as sonograms. They are then used to detect abnormalities and are used to connect or verify the condition of organs and systems of the body. Using no radiation like x-ray does, the process can detect serious conditions such as heart disease, heart attack, vascular disease that can lead to stroke, cancer, lumps, or tumors. There are various types of diagnostic medical sonographers. They can specialize in ultrasound for a particular area of the body, such as obstetrics and gynecology, vascular technology, brain, musculoskeletal system, breast, and abdomen. The images are then presented to the physicians to assess and diagnose medical conditions. Some of the day to day activities of this profession are preparing patients for procedures, making sure they understand the procedure they are undergoing, prepare, maintain, and use the imagining equipment effectively, examine the images and test, all while being sure to keep a record of the findings and the patients medical history.
Diagnostic Medical Sonographers interact very heavily with their patients from the
moment he/she walks into the department until he/she leaves. This job requires you to be social savy because you might be the first person a patient will turn to for information about their condition. You don’t have to be a social butterfly to be a successful sonographer, but possessing genuine compassion and effective interpersonal skills are key. A sonographer must be able to carefully explain procedures to their patients, some of whom may be nervous about the exam or the problems it may reveal. You must also be able to adapt to anyone because you will be dealing with children, women, men and the elderly. Some personality traits that diagnostic medical sonographers should have are consistency, compassion, adaptable, attentive, caring, focused, determined, attentive. ?
I chose this career because I truly do love helping people. This job would give me satisfaction and life fulfillment because I’d be a part of something great, which is helping to save people’s lives. In addition to other radiology modalities, the images you take help to diagnosis, treat, and cure many people with diseases or life threatening illnesses. I’m very detail oriented and this job really depends on detail oriented people because the doctors depend on your findings to make their impressions. People’s lives are dependent on the images that you take. Ultrasound also can be very challenging which I’ve always enjoyed challenging myself. Being in a constant problem solving setting keeps me from becoming bored on the job. I enjoy the variety of things that I scan all throughout the day
The demands of this education will impact my personal life in a number of ways. The primary impact I foresee is the financial strain I will experience in the months ahead. Since this particular program does not offer a paid internship it will be challenging to support myself financially, especially if I am forced to move and provide housing for myself during the externship. I will likely have to seek, at a minimum, some form of part time employment as I am enrolled in the Diagnostic Medical Sonography program. Time management with balancing class, out-of-class studying, and work will undoubtedly be a struggle. I will see a big change in time allowance for personal endeavors such as spending time with family and friends, however I am hopeful that the positive impact on my personal life after completion of the program will outweigh the negative impacts and sacrifices I will make during the program. Information on Diagnostic Medical Sonography career trends, both provided by Great Lakes Institute of Technology and outside research, lead me to believe DMS is a stable and lucrative field. I have goals of home ownership, contributing to retirement, and living comfortably. I am willing to put in the effort during this program and have high expectations that successful completion of the program will award me these goals in a career I enjoy and am proud of.