Diagnostic Medical Sonography
Diagnostic Medical Sonography frequently referred to as sonography or ultrasound uses high frequency soundwaves to produce images for diagnosis and treatment purposes. Unlike radiography, sonography is a career field that does not use radiation. Sonographers are skilled technologists that use medical equipment and ultrasound technology to view internal structures of the body like organs, tissues, blood vessels and musculature. Graduates of the diagnostic medical sonography program will be prepared to become registered in abdominal and OB/GYN sonography after successfully passing the national registry examination.
Course work in diagnostic medical sonography includes:
- Physics and Instrumentation
- Abdominal Sonography
- Obstetric and Gynecologic Sonography
- Pediatric Sonography
- Ultrasound Pathology and Preliminary Writing
- General Electives
Responsibilities of a sonographer
Responsibilities of a sonographer include ultrasound room preparations, manipulation and operation of ultrasound equipment, patient care, quality assurance, and effective communication skills with radiologists and other healthcare personnel.
Students will spend 3 years in the professional program upon entering in the fall semester. The program at VCU leads to a Bachelor of Science degree in Clinical Radiation Sciences (Diagnostic Medical Sonography track).