3216 Medical sonographers

National Occupational ClassiIication · 2011
Medical sonographers operate ultrasound equipment to produce and record images oI various parts oI the
body to aid physicians in monitoring pregnancies and in diagnosing cardiac, ophthalmic, vascular and other
medical disorders. They are employed in clinics and hospitals. Medical sonographers who are supervisors or
instructors are included in this unit group.
Example titles
diagnostic medical sonography instructor
medical sonographer
medical sonographers supervisor
registered diagnostic medical sonographer
ultrasound technologist

Main duties
Medical sonographers perIorm some or all oI the
Iollowing duties:
Operate ultrasound imaging equipment that
transmits high Irequency sound pulses through
the body to produce images oI those parts oI the
body requiring examination
Monitor examination by viewing images on
video screen, to evaluate quality and consistency
oI diagnostic images, and make adjustments to
equipment, as required
Record, store and process scanned images by
using camera unit connected to ultrasound
Observe and care Ior patients throughout
examinations to ensure patient saIety and
Prepare examination reports Ior physicians to aid
in the monitoring oI pregnancies and the
diagnosis oI cardiac, abdominal, ophthalmic,
vascular and other disorders
PerIorm quality control checks on ultrasound
equipment to ensure proper operation and
perIorm minor repairs and adjustments as
May supervise and train student and other
medical sonographers.
Medical sonographers mav speciali:e in
abdominal, cardiac, cerebral, obstetrical and
gvnaecological, ophthalmic, intraluminal or
peripheral vascular sonographv. Thev mav also
speciali:e in adult or pediatric echocardiographv
or neurosonologv.
Employment requirements
Completion oI a three- to Iour-year program in
diagnostic medical sonography or ultrasound
Completion oI a two- to three-year program in a
related allied health Iield and a one-year post-
diploma program in diagnostic medical
sonography Irom an accredited institution are
Registration with the Canadian Association oI
Registered Diagnostic Medical Ultrasound
ProIessionals and/or the American Registry oI
Diagnostic Medical Sonographers is usually
required by employers.
Registration with l'Ordre des Technologues en
Radiologie du Quebec is required in Quebec.
Additional information
Membership in the Canadian Society oI
Diagnostic Medical Sonographers is available
but voluntary.
Classified elsewhere
Medical radiation technologists (3215)