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.
Currently, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Dakota, and Oregon are the only states with approved legislation mandating the licensure of sonographers.
On May 5, 2016 Governor Maggie Hassan signed Senate Bill 330 making New Hampshire the 4th U.S. state to enact sonographer licensure. The new law became effective on July 1, 2016.
The law creates a 7-member Board of Medical Imaging and Radiation Therapy. The New Hampshire Office of Professional Licensure and Certification is the agency responsible for the licensure of sonographers (and other medical imaging professionals). Winslow "Ted" Whitten, BA, RDMS, RVT, FSDMS, an Ultrasound Practitioner at Elliot Hospital in Manchester, NH was appointed by Governor Hassan to the Board. The Office of Professional Licensure and Certification's Division of Health Professions (https://www.nh.gov/jtboard/) is working with 7-Member Board to develop administrative rules to implement the new law.
The law states that to qualify for a license as a sonographer, an applicant will need to meet the following requirements by July 1, 2017:
(a) Be at least 18 years of age;
(b) Have obtained a high school diploma or have passed an approved equivalency test;
(c) Successfully complete a course of study in sonography approved by the board; and
(d) Possess current certification and registration in sonography from the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists, American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonography, Cardiovascular Credentialing International, or a certification organization approved by the board.
Rules/Regulations: None at this time
[Note: In 2017, a bill was introduced in the NH General Court (legislature) to repeal the entire NH Medical Imaging and Radiation Therapy licensure statute. The SDMS and other organizations worked to defeat the proposed legislation. In the end, the bill was amended to only extend the effective date of the statute to July 1, 2018. This will give the Board additional time to develop and implement administrative rules.]
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 will oversee licensure requirements, grant licenses, and handle disciplinary actions.
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