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Cardiac Sonography Careers

How Is Sonography Used?

Doctors use ultrasound for advanced insight into the inner workings of the body. After X-ray exams, ultrasound is the most commonly used form of diagnostic imaging.

Despite today's sophisticated, high-tech systems, ultrasound remains a science built upon the simple sound wave. By beaming high-frequency sound waves into the body, doctors translate the echoes that bounce off body tissues and organs into visual images that provide valuable medical information.

Ultrasound technology is safe, affordable, non-invasive and portable. Very sick or fragile patients, who might not be able to travel to a radiology lab without risking further injury, can have the lab wheeled to them.

In general, sonographers:

  • Provide one-on-one care to a variety of people ranging from healthy to critically ill
  • Use high-tech instrumentation to create and interpret images from inside the human body that are used by physicians to make a medical diagnosis
  • Work as a key member of a healthcare team
  • Commit to life-long learning in order to maintain knowledge and expertise in a rapidly growing healthcare profession

Cardiac sonographers (also called cardiovascular technologists) may:

  • schedule appointments
  • perform ultrasound or cardiovascular procedures
  • review doctors’ interpretations and patient files
  • monitor patients’ heart rates
  • operate and care for testing equipment
  • explain test procedures to patients
  • compare findings to a standard to identify problems

Cardiac Sonography at a Glance

Looking for a quick overview of the Cardiac Sonography program? Take a look at Cardiac Sonography at a Glance for a short summary of what a cardiac sonographer does.

Employment Outlook

A national shortage of qualified sonographers ensures that graduates of El Centro’s Cardiac Sonography program experience excellent job opportunities, both locally and nationally.

Salaries and Projected Job Growth

Although the following job titles and salaries are listed by CareerOneStop, please note that salaries vary widely according to size of the employing business as well as the employee’s levels of education and qualification. Average salaries for echocardiographers are more in line with those of sonographers but still may be higher in the Dallas area than indicated below.

Terminology of job titles varies. The profession of cardiac sonographer falls into the categories of both diagnostic medical sonographers and cardiovascular technologists and technicians as listed by the Bureau of Labor Statistics and CareerOneStop, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor.

The Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonography provides salary and benefit information to its members. According to CareerOneStop, salaries and job growth in Texas are:

Job Title Median Hourly Wage Median Annual Salary Projected Growth Through 2024
Cardiovascular technologists and technicians$25.50$53,000+43%
Diagnostic medical sonographers$31.66$65,900+46%