Medical Sonographers


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Medical Sonographers

Medical Sonographers - Physical Demands

Medical sonographers frequently:

  • Use their hands to handle, control, or feel objects, tools, or controls.
  • Repeat the same movements.
  • Bend or twist their body.
  • Sit for long periods of time.
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  • Stand for long periods of time.

It is important for medical sonographers to be able to:

  • See details of objects that are less than a few feet away.
  • Speak clearly so listeners can understand.
  • Understand the speech of another person.
  • Make quick, precise adjustments to machine controls.
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  • Hold the arm and hand in one position or hold the hand steady while moving the arm.
  • Use one or two hands to grasp, move, or assemble objects.
  • Use fingers to grasp, move, or assemble very small objects.
  • Move two or more limbs together (for example, two arms, two legs, or one leg and one arm) while remaining in place.

It is not as important, but still necessary, for medical sonographers to be able to:

  • See details of objects that are more than a few feet away.
  • See differences between colors, shades, and brightness.
  • Hear sounds and recognize the difference between them.
  • Use stomach and lower back muscles to support the body for long periods without getting tired.
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  • Bend, stretch, twist, or reach out.
  • Determine the distance between objects.
  • Choose quickly and correctly among various movements when responding to different signals.
  • Focus on one source of sound and ignore others.
  • Be physically active for long periods without getting tired or out of breath.
  • Coordinate movement of several parts of the body, such as arms and legs, while the body is moving.
  • React quickly using hands, fingers, or feet.
  • Use muscles to lift, push, pull, or carry heavy objects.
  • Use muscles for extended periods without getting tired.
  • Adjust body movements or equipment controls to keep pace with speed changes of moving objects.
  • Make fast, repeated movements of fingers, hands, and wrists.
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