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Diagnostic Sonographers typically work in health care facilities that
are clean. They usually work at diagnostic imaging machines in darkened
rooms, but also may perform procedures at patients' bedsides.
Sonographers may be on their feet for long periods of time and may have
to lift or turn disabled patients. In addition, the nature of their work
can put sonographers at an increased risk for musculoskeletal disorders
such as carpel tunnel syndrome, neck and back strain, and eye strain:
however, greater use of ergonomic equipment and an increasing awareness
will continue to minimize such risks.
Some sonographers work as contract employees and may travel to several
health care facilities in an area. Similarly, some sonographers work
with mobile imaging service providers and travel to patients and use
mobile diagnostic imaging equipment to provide service in areas that
otherwise do not have the access to such services.
Most full-time sonographers work about 40 hours a week. Hospital-based
sonographers may have evening and weekend hours and times when they are
on call and must be ready to report to work on short notice.
Note: Some resources in this section are provided by the US Department
of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics.