About Sonography Canada
Sonography Canada is the credentialing body and the national voice for diagnostic medical sonographers in Canada. We strive to advance the profession and further define the role of sonographers in the Canadian Healthcare system. Sonography Canada gives sonography a powerful unified voice representing the profession to other organizations, government and the wider community.
Diagnostic Medical Sonography in Canada is a diverse and dynamic profession. Sonographers are active in many areas of healthcare, with credentials available in general, cardiac and vascular sonography. Credentialing in Canada is based on clinical competency and knowledge based exams.
Sonographers are an integral part of the healthcare team, playing a critical role by providing key information that facilitates diagnosis and patient management. The quality of an ultrasound study is highly dependent on the skill of the sonographer. In order to perform a thorough ultrasound, the sonographer must adapt their study in response to their sonographic findings.
Sonographers bring together an important combination of skills including technical competency, decision making and critical thinking. The sonographer must have an educational background strong in ultrasound physics, anatomy, physiology and pathology. They must analyse data, make judgements, differentiate normal from abnormal, based on real time physiologic information and effectively communicate with patients and other members of the healthcare team. The final diagnostic report relies on information compiled by the sonographer concerning patient history, clinical symptoms and sonographic findings.
Professional certification is considered the standard of practice in Canadian ultrasound. Individuals who are not yet certified should reference the Scope of Practice as a professional model and strive to become certified.