A sonographer is a highly skilled medical imaging professional who utilises ultrasound imaging systems to undertake diagnostic medical sonographic examinations across a range of contexts.
The sonographer interprets the sonographic findings and tailors the examination, selectively recording anatomical images, physical data and real time physiological information. The outcome of a sonographic examination is reliant on the medical knowledge as well as the technical skills of the sonographer, who exercises decisional latitude during examinations to determine the breadth of the investigation each patient requires.
To practise as an accredited sonographer in Australia, you must have completed a graduate diploma or masters program that has been accredited by the Australian Sonographer Accreditation Registry (ASAR), including completing a comprehensive clinical training program (usually equivalent to at least 3 days per week for 2 years). Entry to these programs is available to candidates who have completed an initial appropriate undergraduate degree in health sciences.
The Australian Sonographer Accreditation Registry (ASAR) has been appointed by the Australian Government to determine the minimum qualification criteria for sonographers accredited to practise in Australia, accredit sonography courses and maintain a registry of sonographers and accredited courses.
For information on sonography as a career or accreditation and a current list of accredited programs offered in Australia, please visit Australian Sonographer Accreditation Registry (ASAR)