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Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program, General Concentration

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Program Information

A diagnostic medical sonographer is a highly-skilled professional who uses specialized equipment to create images of structures inside the human body that are used by physicians to make a medical diagnosis.

Sonographers have extensive, direct patient contact that may include performing some invasive procedures. They must be able to interact compassionately and effectively with people who range from healthy to critically ill.

The professional responsibilities include, but are not limited, to:

  • obtaining and recording an accurate patient history
  • performing diagnostic procedures and obtaining diagnostic images
  • analyzing technical information
  • using independent judgment in recognizing the need to extend the scope of the procedure according to the diagnostic findings
  • providing an oral or written summary of the technical findings to the physician for medical diagnosis
  • providing quality patient care
  • collaborating with physicians and other members of the health care team.

Offered on the Toledo-area campus, The Diagnostic Medical Sonography Majors offers students a combination of didactic instruction with practical application of knowledge and skills in affiliating hospitals.

Graduates must take and pass a national certification examination administered by the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers. The American Registry of Radiologic Technologists also offers a credentialing examination. Passing of this examination credentials graduates as Sonographers.

Program Goals

The Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program General Concentration strives to prepare competent entry-level general sonographers in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains.

  1. Integrate patient history and physical findings to modify standard sonographic procedures to accommodate patient condition and other variables.
  2. Demonstrate the skills necessary to design and implement quality assurance programs, protocol and procedures for general function and operation of the ultrasound department.
  3. Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of ultrasound instrumentation in the use of the various modes of operation.
  4. Demonstrate knowledge and proficiency in optimal recording and analysis of data, image processing and storage.
  5. Demonstrate knowledge and awareness of the current knowledge related to biological effects and follow guidelines to limit unnecessary exposure.
  6. Become an integral part of the health-care team.
  7. Apply ethical decision making to the profession of sonography.



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