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Required Education & Licensure
The education required varies, but it usually requires an associate's degree. The licensure required is national certification through the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers (ARDMS).
What do they do?
They image organs, tissues and vessels to be imaged with high frequency sound waves emitted into the body. These waves bounce off tissues and send back "echoes" that are converted into images. The most common sonograms are of fetuses, body organs, blood vessels, and soft tissue structures. See program description at Armstrong Radiologic Sciences.
Where do they work?
Hospitals, physician’s offices, and medical laboratories
- American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS)
- Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers (SDMS)
- Joint Review Committee in Diagnostic Medical Sonography (JRC-DMS)
- Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP)
- American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT)
In May 2013, the mean annual wage for diagnostic medical sonographers was $67,170 according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.