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 is the largest association of sonographers and sonography students in the world.
Approved by the SDMS Board of Directors, June 2017
It is the position of the Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonography (SDMS) that it is within the scope of practice for a sonographer who is educationally prepared and clinically competent to post-process, reconstruct, and create or print three-dimensional models from sonographic images for educational, research, and medical use.
The SDMS supports accreditation by a nationally recognized accrediting body of all facilities and clinical practices that employ sonographers and provide sonographic services for diagnostic or screening purposes. Additionally, all sonographers in an accredited facility should be credentialed in each of the sonographic specialties in which they provide patient services.
Approved by SDMS Board of Directors, 09/2014
The Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonography (SDMS) supports the establishment of advanced sonographer roles within the diagnostic medical sonography profession. SDMS believes that advanced sonography services will benefit patient care and enhance quality improvement measures. Thus, where appropriate, SDMS encourages:
Approved by SDMS Board of Directors, 12/06/2006
A. Provide information to the patient about the purpose of the sonography procedure and respond to the patient's questions and concerns.
B. Respect the patient's autonomy and the right to refuse the procedure.
C. Recognize the patient's individuality and provide care in a non-judgmental and non-discriminatory manner.
D. Promote the privacy, dignity and comfort of the patient by thoroughly explaining the examination, patient positioning and implementing proper draping techniques.
E. Maintain confidentiality of acquired patient information, and follow national patient privacy regulations as required by the "Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA)."
F. Promote patient safety during the provision of sonography procedures and while the patient is in the care of the diagnostic medical sonographer.
A. Obtain appropriate diagnostic medical sonography education and clinical skills to ensure competence.
B. Achieve and maintain specialty specific sonography credentials. Sonography credentials must be awarded by a national sonography credentialing body that is accredited by a national organization which accredits credentialing bodies, i.e., the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA); http://www.noca.org or the International Organization for Standardization (ISO); http://www.iso.org
C. Uphold professional standards by adhering to defined technical protocols and diagnostic criteria established by peer review.
D. Acknowledge personal and legal limits, practice within the defined scope of practice, and assume responsibility for his/her actions.
E. Maintain continued competence through lifelong learning, which includes continuing education, acquisition of specialty specific credentials and recredentialing.
F. Perform medically indicated ultrasound studies, ordered by a licensed physician or their designated health care provider.
G. Protect patients and/or study subjects by adhering to oversight and approval of investigational procedures, including documented informed consent.
H. Refrain from the use of any substances that may alter judgment or skill and thereby compromise patient care.
I. Be accountable and participate in regular assessment and review of equipment, procedures, protocols, and results. This can be accomplished through facility accreditation.
A. Be truthful and promote appropriate communications with patients and colleagues.
B. Respect the rights of patients, colleagues and yourself.
C. Avoid conflicts of interest and situations that exploit others or misrepresent information.
D. Accurately represent his/her experience, education and credentialing.
E. Promote equitable access to care.
F. Collaborate with professional colleagues to create an environment that promotes communication and respect.
G. Communicate and collaborate with others to promote ethical practice.
H. Engage in ethical billing practices.
I. Engage only in legal arrangements in the medical industry.
J. Report deviations from the Code of Ethics to institutional leadership for internal sanctions, local intervention and/or criminal prosecution. The Code of Ethics can serve as a valuable tool to develop local policies and procedures.
Approved by SDMS Board of Directors, 12/06/2006
The SDMS believes that individuals entering the Diagnostic Medical Sonography profession should graduate from an educational program that is programmatically accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs, CAAHEP (http://www.caahep.org) through the Joint Review Committee on Education in Diagnostic Medical Sonography, JRC-DMS (http://www.jrcdms.org) or the Joint Review Committee on Education in Cardiovascular Technology, JRC-CVT (http://www.jrccvt.org).
The Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonography (SDMS) supports the establishment of a sonography minimum education standard of an associate degree (or equivalent) for individuals entering the diagnostic medical sonography profession. The SDMS believes that the establishment of a minimum education standard for sonography will benefit patient care and enhance the diagnostic medical sonography profession. Except as provided below, all sonography certification/credentialing organizations should require an associate degree as the minimum education standard to be eligible to receive a sonographer certification or credential after December 31, 2025. To meet this requirement, sonography educational accreditation-related organizations and sonography programs should ensure an associate degree (or higher) is an admission requirement or awarded at the conclusion of the educational program.
Exemption: The SDMS supports a permanent exemption to an associate degree minimum education standard for those diagnostic medical sonographers who were first certified and registered in sonography on or before the minimum education standard implementation date. These sonographers must have maintained their sonography certification and registration in good standing and should not be required to obtain an associate degree to be eligible for an additional diagnostic medical sonography certification or credential.
Implementation Period: By providing a reasonable implementation period (e.g., January 1, 2026), the associate degree minimum education standard would have no impact on existing sonographers and instead only affect future students as they enroll in educational programs or graduates who seek a certification after the implementation period.
adopted by the SDMS Board of Directors, August 9, 2017
The Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonography (SDMS) strongly encourages the adoption and implementation of the Industry Standards for the Prevention of Work Related Musculoskeletal Disorders in Sonography (2017). The SDMS believes that the standards will benefit patient care and the health and safety of sonographers. Therefore, the SDMS encourages:
Approved by the SDMS Board of Directors, 06/2017
The Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonography (SDMS) believes that the use of sonography without a medical indication is inappropriate. Therefore, the use of sonography (including two-dimensional (2D), three-dimensional (3D) and four-dimensional (4D) ultrasound) to view the fetus, obtain a picture of the fetus, or determine the fetal gender, or post-process, reconstruct, and create or print three-dimensional models from sonographic images without a medical indication is contrary to responsible medical practice.
Approved by the SDMS Board of Directors, 08/10/2016
It is the position of the Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonography (SDMS) that it is within the scope of practice of sonographers to receive, relay, and document verbal, facsimile, electronic, and telephone orders related to sonographic procedures in the patient's chart or electronic health record, or the facility’s scheduling software.
A sonographer who is certified/credentialed by an accredited sonography certification/credentialing organization meets or exceeds the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid (CMS) meaningful use requirements established for medical assistants to enter physician orders for imaging procedures. Therefore, medical facilities should allow a sonographer to receive, relay, and document verbal, facsimile, electronic, and telephone orders related to sonographic procedures in accordance with the facility policies.
Note: See bullet #4 under Additional Information: https://www.cms.gov/Regulations-and-Guidance/Legislation/EHRIncentivePrograms/Downloads/2016EP_3CPOEObjective.pdf
The Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonography (SDMS) believes that point-of-care ultrasound imaging should be performed by:
The Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonography (SDMS) recognizes sonography credentialing organizations that meet the following criteria:
*For purpose of this policy, accredited means accreditation by an agency recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA), United States Department of Education (USDOE) or Canadian Medical Association (CMA) that specifically conducts programmatic accreditation for diagnostic medical sonography, diagnostic cardiac sonography, or vascular technology.
The purpose of this document is to define the scope of practice and clinical standards for diagnostic medical sonographers and describe their role as members of the healthcare team. Above all else, diagnostic medical sonographers act in the best interest of the patient.
Approved by SDMS Board of Directors, 04/2009
Provision of Diagnostic Medical Sonography (DMS) procedures, including those performed for screening purposes, requires that the sonographer performing the sonographic examination be credentialed by a nationally recognized sonography credentialing organization.
In the view of the Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonography (SDMS), there is a strong need for requisite sonographer credentialing because medical sonographic services are highly operator dependent. To ensure consistency and patient safety, the sonographer shall demonstrate broad-based knowledge, good judgment, and appropriate real-time discretion to assess and evaluate anatomy, and to acquire and optimize the appropriate images and data for sonographic screening and interpretation by the interpreting physician.
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