What they do
Sonographers are health professionals who use specialised equipment to create visual images of organs, tissues or blood flow inside the body. These images are then used by physicians to form medical diagnoses.
Sonography or ultrasonography uses high frequency sound waves (ultrasound) transmitted through a hand-held device called a transducer.
There are approximately 361 sonographers in Western Australia, most of who are located in the metropolitan area.
Sonographers usually work in radiological clinics however there are also opportunities in public and private hospitals. Recently some sonographers have started their own businesses in partnership with other medical imaging professionals.
Most full-time sonographers work about 40 hours a week. Those who are hospital-based may be required to work evenings and weekends and at times be on call.
Tools and technologies
Advancements in tools and technology have resulted in more complex patient examinations being undertaken by sonographers. Specific tools and technologies include:
- ultrasound monitors and video equipment
- transducers and
- database and medical software.
How do I become one?
Education and training
To become a sonographer, you usually need to complete an undergraduate degree majoring in medical radiation science or medical sonography, followed by a Graduate Diploma of Medical Sonography.
Some universities in Western Australia offer relevant courses. Contact the universities you are interested in for more information.
Required registration and licensing
To work as a sonographer in Western Australia, you will need to obtain registration from the Medical Radiation Practice Board of Australia.
You must also be listed as an accredited sonographer with the Australian Sonographer Accreditation Registry (ASAR).