Health Sciences - Medical Sonography

Medical Sonography

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. The process involves placing a small device called a transducer against the patient's skin near the body area to be imaged. The transducer works like a loudspeaker and microphone because it can transmit sound and receive sound. The transducer sends a stream of high frequency sound waves into the body that bounce off the structures inside. The transducer detects sound waves as they bounce off the internal structures. Different structures in the body reflect these sound waves differently. These sounds are analyzed by a computer to make an image of the structure(s) on a screen to be reviewed by a radiologist.

To get a better idea of what Medical Sonography is all about, check out these videos from the Society for Diagnostic Medical Sonography:

Sonography: A Sound Career Choice

Diagnostic Medical Sonography: It's More Than a Picture

The History of Sonography

Why Sonographers Do What They Do

And here's a link to our current student handbook.


Debra Eavenson
Medical Sonography Program Coordinator/Instructor
800.447.4091, ext. 4323
Jasmine Free
Sonography Clinical Coordinator/Instructor
800.447.4091, ext. 4605