What is a Sonographer?

Sonographers are qualified healthcare professionals who use high frequency sound waves to produce diagnostic scans, videos and 3D volumes of anatomy which aid doctors in diagnosing and treating illness and injury.

They hold a postgraduate qualification in Ultrasound which in New Zealand may be undertaken through the Australasian Society of Ultrasound in Medicine (ASUM), gaining the Diploma of Medical Ultrasound (DMU) or UNITEC.

These qualifications require two years full-time equivalent ultrasound experience and are predominantly undertaken by qualified MRTS but may be undertaken by other health professionals.

They must be registered with the MRTB (Medical Radiation Technologist Board) and hold a current practicing certificate which requires continual professional development to an internationally recognised standard.

Ultrasound is used to image soft-tissue, muscles and blood vessels and has wide applications, including obstetrics, abdominal, gynaecological, musculoskeletal, vascular, paediatric and cardiac.

Sonographers require an excellent understanding of physics, cross-sectional anatomy, physiology, pathology and need effective communication skills.

They must also to be able to view, analyse and modify the scan to optimise the information produced.

They have a high degree of responsibility in the diagnostic process and often interpretation and diagnosis is a collaboration between the Sonographer and Radiologist, as ultrasound is a real-time process and very operator dependent.

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Sonographers - Delegates:

Name Location Employer
Colin Burke Auckland Auckland
Vanessa Galloway Auckland Auckland
Joanne Kelly Greenlane Auckland
Christine Brichall Whakatane Bay Of Plenty
Sarah Wild Christchurch Canterbury
Carol Duncan Middlemore Counties Manukau
Shawn O’Leary Middlemore Counties Manukau
Caroline O’Neill Middlemore Counties Manukau
Kamela Moodley Manukau Superclinic Counties Manukau
Jayne Lloyd Hastings Hawke's Bay
Karen Carter Rotorua Lakes
Brenda Gibbs Nelson Nelson / Marlborough
Rachael Smith Whangarei Northland
Jessica Andela Whangarei Northland
Helen Walker Dunedin Southern
Bernadette Gourley Southland Southern
Jenny Hardiman Taranaki Taranaki
Christine Roebuck Wanganui Whanganui
Ross Marett Wellington (Capital & Coast) Capital & Coast and Hutt
Catherine Murphy-Rahal Gisborne Tairawhiti
Jacinta McGarry Christchurch Canterbury
Christine Chand Middlemore Counties Manukau
Jannine Parker Petone Pacific Radiology
Lechelle McCartney North Shore Hospital Waitemata
Rosemary Keast Hutt Hutt Valley

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