What is Diagnostic Medical Sonography?

Diagnostic Medical Sonography is a imaging specialty with ten subspecialties. Grand Valley State University offers six of these subspecialties. Students are required to choose a emphasis in either general (abdominal and obstetric-gynecology) or echocardiography (adult and either pediatric or vascular sonography). GVSU's pediatric echocardiography program is the only B.S. degree in the United States. Use the link to the right to explore each of these areas.

Sonographers practice a form of medical imaging that uses complex computerized high frequency sound wave and Doppler signal equipment to visualize subtle differences between healthy tissues and pathologic areas of the body, evaluate vascular flow information, and document pathologic and other conditions. The sonographer must acquire excellent knowledge of sectional anatomy, clinical medicine, pathology, and the use of sonographic instrumentation. Sonographers are responsible for patient care during procedures, which may include inpatient, outpatient, surgery, and mobile work. It is critical that sonographers have exceptional critical thinking and problem solving skills in order to develop a high level of interpersonal relationships with patients, other staff, physicists, and physicians. Sonographers work collaboratively with radiologists, cardiologists, vascular surgeons, and other physicians to produce differential diagnoses.