Ultrasound Technician Schools

Ultrasound technicians, or sonographers, operate equipment which directs high frequency waves through the use of transducer to view a specific area inside a patient's body. Ultrasound equipment uses these waves to produce an image, which is photographed and given to a physician for diagnosis.

Ultrasound technicians collect the medical histories of patients and explain the procedures they conduct. They must have good communication skills and a friendly personality when explaining ultrasound procedures or results to patients who may be anxious.

Ultrasound Technician Schools and Specializations

Ultrasound technician schools are generally two-year programs and can be found at colleges, universities, in the military, and vocational/technical schools. Programs in ultrasonography should be accredited, and courses at ultrasound technician schools often include basic physics, physiology, anatomy, medical ethics and patient care.

Ultrasound technicians can specialize in several areas: obstetric and gynecologic sonography, abdominal sonography, neurosonography and breast sonography.

Ultrasound Technician Salary and Career Outlook

Currently, licensure is not required for ultrasound technicians, but technicians can become registered medical sonographers by passing an exam upon completing an accredited ultrasound technician program.

The job outlook is favorable, with growth of 18 percent between 2008 and 2018 projected by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). The median annual salary for diagnostic medical sonographers--including ultrasound technicians--was $63,010 in 2009, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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Ultrasound Technician Schools