Diagnostic Medical Sonographers (DMS)

Alberta Diagnostic Sonographers Association Fall Update & AGM

Registration is now open for the ADSA Fall Update Conference and AGM, October 19th & 20th  (Saturday and Sunday), at the Dow Theatre, NAIT Downtown Edmonton Campus!

This year’s presentations include:

  • An Introduction to MSK Basics – Dr. Mark Cresswell
  • Fetal Bradycardia in the 2nd Trimester presented by Dr. Stephanie Cooper
  • Is it High Time for Medical Cannabis? presented by Danielle Blair, RN

Register Today — space is limited, and registration is completely closed as of 11 October, 2019 (i.e. no on-site registration).

For more information (including program, conference fees, accommodations, and networking opportunities) or to register, visit the ADSA website.

Dow Theatre, NAIT Downtown Edmonton Campus
(11762 – 106 Street NW)

DMS rostering update

If you are practicing diagnostic medical sonography (DMS) in Alberta, you may volunteer to apply to be on the Alberta Diagnostic Medical Sonographers Roster. This will help ease the transition into the grand-parenting process towards registration once DMS become regulated.

Alberta Health is currently amending the Medical Diagnostic and Therapeutic Technologists Profession Regulation (“the Regulation”). Mandatory registration/regulation of DMS will start once the regulation comes into effect.

While it is difficult to anticipate how long this might take, the Government of Alberta has indicated that this will likely be in place in late 2019.

Alberta DMS Post-Roster Guide & Application Form (PDF)

Read the  FAQ for DMS Newsletter – May 4 2018 for a comprehensive review of some of the most frequently asked questions about DMS self-regulation.

Who are diagnostic medical 3662asonographers?

    • Diagnostic medical sonographers (DMS) are integral to the healthcare team. Through the application of ultrasound imaging, DMS play a critical role in the diagnostic care and management of a patient.
    • Sonographers practice in the public health sector as well as in physician community clinics.
    • DMS perform imaging procedures including general, obstetrical, cardiac, vascular and musculoskeletal imaging.

The journey to regulation of DMS

(please note that regulation is expected for DMS in 2019)


In 2013, sonographers made a decision to pursue self-regulation. The Alberta Diagnostic Sonographers Association (ADSA) approached ACMDTT.

A robust stakeholder consultation was undertaken with:

  • Alberta Health Services
  • Cardiology groups in Alberta
  • Alberta Society of Radiologists
  • College of Physicians and Surgeons of Alberta – Diagnostic Imaging Advisory
  • All accredited diagnostic imaging facilities in Alberta
  • All regulated health Colleges in Alberta
  • Sonography Canada
  • Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada

The consultation confirmed that there was significant momentum in the profession to regulate DMS for the protection of the public in Alberta.

In 2014, Alberta Health declared its support of the regulation of DMS through the ACMDTT.

In 2016, the Health Professions Act (HPA) was amended to provide the pathway for assurance of public protection, leading to greater public awareness and confidence in what diagnostic medical sonographers practice.

In 2019, it is expected that regulations will be passed by the Alberta Government which will declare DMS to be officially regulated through ACMDTT.

What regulation means to the public

  • Assurance that all sonographers are highly-trained health professionals who meet established standards for entry-to-practice and throughout the practice of their profession.
  • A fair and transparent process for complaints and unprofessional conduct issues is established.
  • The public has access to a full registry of all registered sonographers practicing in Alberta.
  • All sonographers are required to continue to meet professional development requirements for their profession.
  • All sonographers have to abide by the College’s Code of Ethics.

To learn more about the regulatory framework and what it means to be a regulated health professional in Alberta, please watch the following webinar:

What regulation means to sonographers

  • The public is protected, and the profession of DMS is more highly respected through regulation.
  • DMS are recognized as members of a profession.
  • DMS have defined standards for accountability and discipline, increasing confidence in their professional abilities and competencies.
  • Standards are maintained and enhanced for the benefit of the profession and the public.
  • Sonographers participate in defining and maintaining pride of practice standards and professionalism within their chosen occupation within which they have a substantial ownership stake.

What establishes self-regulation?

  • The Health Professions Act (HPA) was proclaimed in Alberta in 2001.
  • The HPA creates health Colleges and delegates regulatory authority.
  • The ACMDTT was proclaimed under the HPA in 2005.
  • The primary purpose of regulation is protection of the public.
  • Colleges are governed by members of the professions.

What is self-regulation?

  • Members of a profession are best-suited to govern their own profession based on their professional knowledge, skills and judgment.
  • It is granted by the the provincial government on behalf of the people of Alberta.
  • Self-regulation is a privilege, not a right.

This video from the College of Physiotherapists of Ontario provides a general overview about self-regulation:

What does this mean for current members of the ACMDTT?

  • The College is very pleased to broaden its umbrella to include our diagnostic imaging colleagues. ACMDTT is a natural fit based on the consistencies and parallels already present with the medical radiation technologists (MRT) and electroneurophysiology technologists (ENP) specialties.

What does this mean for sonographers?

  • In the future, permits to practice all applications and specialties performed in diagnostic medical sonography (general, cardiac and/or vascular) in Alberta will be managed through the ACMDTT; this includes areas of practice such as musculoskeletal, fetal, cardiac, pediatric, etc.
  • It is anticipated that credentialed sonographers who met specified criteria would transition to a provincial register; other competent practitioners would be grand-parented at this time of regulation based on an assessment of professional experience, education and/or certification.
  • The grand-parenting window will be determined by the College and Alberta Health.
  • It is not anticipated that the regulation of sonographers will have any significant impact on practitioner availability and services to the public.
  • Following the grand-parenting window, sonographers will be assessed individually for registration on a prescribed list of criteria that will be published by the ACMDTT.

Do I need Professional Liability Insurance (PLI)?

  • All regulated members must have a minimum $1,000,000 PLI and must provide confirmation of PLI through their application form and annual registration renewal.
  • The College does not offer PLI.
  • PLI is offered through Sonography Canada membership or through other sources such as “Medical Imaging Education” among others. We strongly advise you to review the nature and content of coverage from other sources before purchasing, and to make sure that that the plan is well-considered.
  • The ACMDTT encourages you to always hold your own personal PLI in addition to your employer’s insurance.

Employer policies do not always cover expenses such as legal defence in professional disciplinary matters.The employer’s insurance company may sue you for reimbursement of any money they paid out as a result of your actions.

Your personal PLI also follows you if you work at multiple sites with more than one employer. When you retire or leave employment, personal PLI covers you for a period of time during which patients may still bring a claim against you. Your employer insurance may not cover you for any advice or volunteering you do outside of your work.

Colleges are governed by members of the profession

  • Members determine entry to practice eligibility.
  • Members set the standards for the profession.
  • Members identify how to assess competence.
  • Members set standards of conduct; issues of unprofessional conduct are reviewed by their peers.
  • Members define all College fees.

Participate in a survey of the draft standards for the profession

  • If you are currently practicing sonography in Alberta, and ACMDTT has your email address, you will receive an invitation to participate in a survey of a draft of the standards.
  • Please send us an email with your name, place of employment, email address and contact phone number if you wish to receive the invitation to DMS@acmdtt.com.
  • Your personal information will remain confidential and will not be released to any third party without your written consent. The information required is used for carrying out the College’s regulatory activities under the Health Professions Act and protected as per the College’s Privacy Policy.

Diagnostic Medical Sonographer Advisory Group


  • One-time initial application – $100
  • Annual registration – $450


For additional questions, please contact the College at info@acmdtt.com.