Diagnostic Sonographer

Using soundwaves to see

Diagnostic sonographers use high frequency sound waves to produce quality diagnostic images for a variety of ultrasound procedures.

Ultrasound technology safely and non-intrusively examines many parts of the body including organs in the abdomen, breast, uterus and ovaries, prostate gland, heart and blood vessels to help physicians and patients make accurate diagnoses, monitor, and treat medical conditions.

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$40.96 - $55.01 per hour

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Diagnostic medical sonography diploma


  • Prepare patients for ultrasound examinations by explaining the procedure, obtaining a patient history, and answering questions
  • Use the ultrasound equipment to collect images and data of a variety of body parts, organs, and tissues
  • Adapt and record procedures as required
  • Write preliminary interpretations of procedure findings for reporting physician, who in turn speaks to the patient

Make a Difference

  • Help patients, physicians, and health professionals get the information they need for an accurate diagnosis
  • Safely and non-intrusively examine many different body parts
  • Help during interventional procedures such as tissue and organ biopsies
  • Provide leadership and work guidance to fellow diagnostic imaging staff, sonography students, and other health care professionals
  • Collect data for public health surveillance

Work Collaboratively

  • Offer compassion and communicate effectively with patients who range from healthy to critically ill
  • Work directly with patients in hospitals or health centres
  • Liaise with radiologists
  • Collaborate with other healthcare professionals, including other sonographers, medical imaging technologists, nurses, and physicians

Grow Your Career

  • Specializing in specific area or practice group including cardiovascular sonography, abdominal sonography, neurosonography, and OB/GYN sonography
  • Additional training/certification
  • Research and teaching
  • Healthcare leadership and management
  • Health system administration

Additional Information

To learn more about a career as a diagnostic sonographer in our province visit Alberta Learning Information Services (ALIS).