What Is the Difference Between an Ultrasound Tech & a Medical Sonographer?

Save

A sonographer is a trained professional who operates an ultrasound machine and can identify normal anatomy and pathology. A sonographer is sometimes called an ultrasound tech or technologist, an ultrasonographer, or a diagnostic medical sonographer. These are all names for the same job function.

Ultrasound Technologist

  • An ultrasound technologist, or sonographer, utilizes sound waves to create images of internal organs. The sonographer must understand human anatomy, and usually has an extensive knowledge of physics.

Vascular Ultrasound Technologist

  • A vascular ultrasound technologist specializes in the cardiovascular system. The technologist has expertise in anatomy and pathology of the arterial and venous systems.

Cardiovascular Ultrasound Technologist

  • This sonographer solely images the heart and diagnoses heart valve defects, irregular blood flow patterns, and birth abnormalities.

Obstetric Sonographer

  • An obstetric sonographer works in a high-risk fetal assessment center, and works with pregnant patients who may have a complicated pregnancy. The sonographer checks on maternal and fetal well-being.

Neurosonographer

  • A neurosonographer uses sound waves to image the brain. This technologist may even frequent the operating room to assist in the removal of brain tumors when ultrasound is used as guidance.

References

  • Photo Credit Thinkstock/Comstock/Getty Images
Promoted By Zergnet

Comments

You May Also Like

  • Radiology Vs. Sonography Careers

    Radiologic technologists and diagnostic sonographers are more similar than different in some ways. Both work in the diagnostic field of health care...

  • Radiology Tech Vs. Ultrasound Tech

    To help with the treatment of an injury or diagnose a possible medical condition, physicians sometimes require pictures of internal organs or...

Related Searches

Check It Out

3 Day-to-Night Outfits for the Work Week

M
Is DIY in your DNA? Become part of our maker community.
Submit Your Work!