With the advances in medicine, technology is becoming an important diagnostic tool. Ultrasound is the term used by the layperson when referring to Diagnostic Medical Sonography. This career can be a fulfilling one on many levels, both personal and professional. We will explore what Sonography is, what a sonographer does, what do you need to start Sonography careers and what you can expect if you choose this.
Many of us have had an ultrasound scan of some kind. The most popularly known is possibly the scans a pregnant woman has regularly. To produce an ultrasound image a transducer is used to send high frequency sound waves into the patient’s body. It also receives the sound that is reflected back and transfers these to a computer. The computer then analyses the information and produces an image, each of our organs or other structures in the body has a different reflection pattern. The images are either shown on a monitor or saved for later use.
Sonographers play an important role in the process of medical diagnosis and provide physicians with information they require to diagnose their patient’s symptoms. It will not be possible for a sonographer to capture a proper image for a physician without having a well-honed understanding of the anatomy of the human body. Only a highly skilled professionally trained person will be able to locate different organs by understanding where they are located in the body and how each of the organs relate to each other.
Sonographers will be able to make a career in various specialty fields such as obstetrics, dental assistant, ophthalmology, neurosonology, phlebotomist. Regardless of which path they choose to follow in their career, their daily experiences will bring them in contact with people who can be either very healthy or critically ill.
This will require them to be able to treat their patients with compassion and be able to communicate effectively with people at all levels of the community. At the same time, they may have to perform invasive procedures to satisfy the professional requirements of their field of specialty.
Their daily duties can be physically taxing as their work includes assisting people to get onto and off the examining tables and they will be on their feet most of the day. Performing their tasks will require the use of their shoulders, arms and wrists extensively on a daily basis. Their duties can also include administrative tasks, the most important probably being the maintenance of patient records and archiving of images.
As a qualified sonographer, you can choose between a number of different environments in which you can pursue your career. Hospitals, private practices and laboratories provide opportunities or you could decide to take your services to people by offering a mobile service. Many students decide to continue their studies and teach at schools offering an accredited program.
In their later careers, many will go on to include management in their skills set. A Sonography career is one that will enable a person to combine their interests in people, technology and anatomy in their daily working life.