- to be thorough and pay attention to detail
- sensitivity and understanding
- the ability to work on your own
- knowledge of medicine and healthcare
- the ability to accept criticism and work well under pressure
- excellent verbal communication skills
- concentration skills
- the ability to work well with others
- the ability to monitor your own performance and that of your colleagues
- to be able to use a computer and the main software packages competently
Your day-to-day duties could include:
- setting up and regularly checking ultrasound equipment
- dealing sensitively with patients, before, during and after their scan
- using ultrasound equipment to carry out examinations
- producing images and interpreting observations
- writing reports
- keeping accurate and up-to-date patient care records
- training healthcare staff to use specialist equipment
- making referrals to other healthcare professionals
You may need to wear a uniform.
You could work in an NHS or private hospital or in a therapy clinic.
Your working environment may be physically and emotionally demanding.
There are opportunities to move into specialist sonography areas like obstetrics and gynaecology, vascular or cancer services. You could work with specific patient groups such as children, young people or pregnant women.
With experience, there are opportunities to go into teaching sonography or to do clinical research.
You’ll find more details about a career in sonography from the British Medical Ultrasound Society.