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Career Profile: Diagnostic Medical Sonographer - Diane Johnson

Career Profile: Diagnostic Medical Sonographer - Diane Johnson

Diane Johnson, RDMS, Lead Sonographer, Diagnotistic Radiology Department, Clinical Center, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD

National Institutes of Health: Office of Science Education

Administrative tasks:

• Update administrative details, such as timesheets and requests for leave
• Review the list of scheduled patients (Our department consists of 4 sonographers who rotate performing the procedures as requested by the radiologists. We see a patient about every half hour.)
• Trouble shoot procedures that are not giving clear results
• Work closely with the radiologist to document all information we gather on the patients

More on Diagnostic Medical Sonography

Salary: $$40,960 - $$77,520
Min. Education: Associate's, Bachelor's
Related Careers: Cardiovascular Technologist, Radiologic Technologist

Knowledge and abilitites necessary:

• Knowledge of human anatomy, especially the circulatory system
• Ability to treat patients with compassion and kindness, and giving comfort
• Ability to accrue 35 continuing education credits every year to keep abreast of the latest technology and to complete certification in CPR (a requirement of all hospital employees)

What I like best/least about my work…

What I like best about my work are the patients, especially when I see an improvement in their health. My greatest thrill is to see a patient walk out of my clinic with improved health and knowing that they can make plans for the future.

What I like least about my work is to lose a patient to their disease.

What my career goals are…

My career goals are to become certified in echocardiography (the use of ultrasound to examine and measure the structure and functioning of the heart, and to diagnose abnormalities and disease). An echocardiogram is a test that converts sound waves into images. It allows doctors to see the heart beating and view details of heart structures. There are 11 different specialties in sonography, but adult echocardiography certification interests me most.

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