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Ever wondered what job title the person that takes your ultra sound has?

What is a Medical Diagnostic Sonographer?

All sonographers are certified under the American Registry of Diagnostic medical Sonographers (ARDMS) and/or the Canadian Association of Registered Diagnostic Ultrasound Professionals (CARDUP). . This means they have:

  • Education in ultrasound and patient skills, including both theory and clinical instruction.
  • A passing grade on ARDMS/CARDUP rigorous examination, which evaluates the intensive knowledge base required to practice sonography.
  • Stay on the cutting edge in both ultrasound technology and patient care skills through ARDMS/CARDUP required continuing medical education program.
  • Practice within the guidelines set by the Canadian Association of Radiologists (CAR), Canadian Society of Medical Diagnostic Sonographers (CSDMS) and the Ontario Society of Medical Diagnostic Sonographers (OSDMS).

Sonographers are trained by one of the following:

  • 3 year total program that requires the completion allied health education program (eg. Nursing, radiology, nuclear medicine) prior to one year of additional specialized ultrasound training in medical sonography.
  • Bachelor’s degree in medical radiation sciences.
  • Physician (generally a foreign trained physician) with an additional 1 year of tull-time theoretical and clinical ultrasound training.

Will the sonographer discuss the results?

Sonographers are not permitted to discuss the results with the patient. The results of the examination will be sent to your doctor. Your doctor will discuss the results with you.


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