The non-physician professionals who perform these procedures are known as sonographers and vascular technologists (who are sonographers specializing in imaging and tests of blood vessels).
There are several areas of specialization in the field of sonography. These specialty areas are:
Abdomen - evaluation of all the soft tissues, blood vessels and organs of the abdominal cavities (for example, liver, spleen, urinary tract, pancreas)
Breast - frequently used to evaluate breast abnormalities that are found with screening or diagnostic mammography
Obstetrics/Gynecology - evaluation of the female reproductive system
Echocardiography - evaluation of the anatomy and hemodynamics (blood flow) of the heart, its valves and related blood vessels
Vascular Technology - evaluation and analysis of the hemodynamics (blood flow) of peripheral and abdominal blood vessels
Neurosonology - evaluation of the brain and spinal cord
Ophthalmology - evaluation of the eye, including orbital structures and muscles
What does a diagnostic medical sonographer do?
A diagnostic medical sonographer is a highly-skilled professional who uses specialized...