Sonographer

Definition

Sonographers are responsible for the outcome of the diagnostic ultrasound examination. The outcome of the examination is recorded electronically to allow for consultation with other health and medical practitioners.

Sonographers perform a wide range of real-time diagnostic examinations and may at their discretion (and in accordance with clinical and workplace guidelines) extend the examination to include relevant regions and/or sequences not suggested in the referral. 

Sonographers competencies include, but are not limited to, patient care, ultrasound physics and technology, anatomy and physiology identification and assessment, diagnostic interpretation of the ultrasound findings, bio-effects and the use of ultrasound technology, clinical and organisational responsibility for the examination, and quality assurance.

Qualifications

To register as a Sonographer in New Zealand the practitioner must satisfy one of the following:

  • A relevant undergraduate health science qualification and a postgraduate diploma in ultrasound from a New Zealand tertiary education institution that is accredited and monitored by the Board, combined with appropriate ultrasound experience.
  • A qualification in ultrasound approved by the Board combined with appropriate ultrasound experience.
  • An ultrasound qualification and a pass in a Board examination combined with appropriate ultrasound experience.

New Zealand qualifications

The Board has accredited one New Zealand postgraduate qualification for the purpose of registration as a Sonographer:

  • Postgraduate Diploma in Health Sciences in Ultrasound issued by the University of Auckland

Overseas qualifications

To be eligible for registration as a medical imaging or radiation therapy practitioner, you need to meet the Board’s qualification requirements and registration standards.  Further information for overseas-trained applicants can be found here.

Required experience

In addition to holding a relevant undergraduate qualification, you must also be able to provide evidence you have a minimum of 3360 hours of post-qualification clinical experience in the scope of practice you are applying for registration in.