SDMS's core purpose is to enhance the art and science of medicine by advancing medical sonography. As an SDMS member you will join an exclusive network of over 28,000 sonographers and sonography students.
The SDMS provides opportunities to earn and offer continuing medical education (CME). We also have educational resources for the sonography community.
The SDMS offers resources for the sonography industry.
The SDMS supports credentialing for sonographers and provides representation on legislative and regulatory issues that affect the sonography profession.
Formed in 2009, the SDMS Foundation is a nonprofit charitable organization affiliated with the SDMS. The SDMS Foundation fosters professional learning and excellence by working to improve the field of diagnostic medical sonography.
The SDMS provides various products for the sonography community.
The Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonography (SDMS) is a professional membership organization founded in 1970 to promote, advance, and educate its members and the medical community in the science of diagnostic medical sonography. The SDMS, with over 28,000 members, is the largest association of sonographers and sonography students in the world.
On March 19, 2015, North Dakota Governor Jack Dalrymple signed a licensure bill (SB 2236) into law that sets licensing standards and expands the responsibilities of the state’s sonographers, nuclear medicine technologists, radiation therapists, radiographers, and radiologist assistants.
This new law makes North Dakota the third state in the United States to require licensure of sonographers. New Mexico and Oregon also have similar licensing requirements. The law also enables sonographers to take verbal orders from physicians and other healthcare practitioners and enter them into the patient’s electronic health record.
A nine-member State Board of Medical Imaging and Radiation Therapy Medical Examiners will oversee licensure requirements, grant licenses, and handle disciplinary actions.
Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonography (SDMS) Member and Midwest Society of Diagnostic Ultrasound (MSDU) Board Member, Chris Walski, RT(R), RDMS, RVT was instrumental in spearheading efforts to ensure the passage of the bill in North Dakota. “As a professional in my field, I am thrilled to have had a small part in ensuring every patient undergoing an ultrasound in the state of North Dakota will have a qualified and competent sonographer,” said Chris. “This law ensures a future where quality imaging will be the expectation for all patients in North Dakota.”
“The SDMS appreciates North Dakota’s dedication to ensuring the safety of patients who undergo a sonogram or medical imaging,” stated Katie (Kathryn) Kuntz, MEd, RT(R), RDMS, RVT, FSDMS, President of the SDMS. “This law is an important step in ensuring that all patients are scanned by a credentialed sonographer.”
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