From the monthly archives

November 2009

Ultrasound technician is a person who in health care industry defines career for him by employing his learned techniques in ultrasound that is (high frequency sound waves) for diagnostic purposes in medicinal cure by the means of imaging and here we would look at various features of a job in ultra sound.

Nature of the Job: Ultrasound technique is also known as ultra sonography and is known to be as the most popular imaging technique in health care industry. Under the technique, sound waves are used for the purpose of assessment and diagnosis of medical conditions. Mostly, it is related to obstetrics and is used for assessing the condition of fetus in the womb. There are also many other uses of ultrasound too. The technical person who in health care industry performs ultrasonic tests is known as diagnostic songographer or ultrasonographer and he employs special equipments to direct high frequency sound waves as towards the specific part of the human body for the purpose of imaging resulted from the off reflected echoes. These images can be used in physical form of photograph and video tapes.  As the job duties for an ultrasound technician includes explanation of procedures to the patient, tracking and keeping record of imperative medical history of the patient, handling and taking care of the equipments and instruction of patient to receive the best images and keeping patient’s record and maintenance of the equipment. He happens to be an expert in obstetric, gynecologic sonography, neurosonography or ophthalmic sonography. He also keeps record of work schedules, look into equipment purchase or manage diagnostic imaging department.

Training and Educational Qualification: To perform the duties of an ultrasound technician there are certain requirements that are needed immensely like understand and operate ultrasound equipments effectively and should have heavy physical built up to carry and turn around patients. His eyesight should be acute to measure an image in appropriate calculation.  More, he should have excellent communication skills as to mix up with patients to soothe patients while performing various tests.  A person thinking of becoming an ultrasound technician can have training at hospital, vocational technical institution, training from a college or university providing a 2 year or 4 year program for learning ultraosound technique. However, these courses should have accreditation from Allied Education Programs. There is not any provision of license for Diagnostic Medical Sonographers however there are certain bodies like America Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers (ARD MS) certify a course passed out by ultrasound technician and therefore takes a general examination as well as specialty examination. And with the aging population on the rise there would be need of the more ultrasound technicians in America.

Salaries: The Salaries for ultrasound technician range from somewhere around $66, 680 per annum in the USA.

Ultrasound Technologist Schools

by admin on November 04, 2009

Seattle University
Seattle University offers a bachelor’s degree in Diagnostic Ultrasound. It offers opportunities for receiving a liberal arts education, as well as practical and instructive exposure to ultrasound specialties. Students have access to a fully equipped lab with ultrasound imaging systems, computerized classrooms, UltraSim and MedSim, anatomical models and a laboratory library. The coursework includes medical imaging, echocardiography, vascular evaluation and Doppler methods of cardiac evaluation and human cross-section anatomy. A full year internship program is deemed successfully completed after the academic coursework requirements are met and thereafter the sonographer certification is issued upon completion. The program in Diagnostic Ultrasound is fully accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs.

Ultrasound Technologist School in Ontario, Canada

Mainz Ultrasound Training
Mainz Ultrasound Training offers courses that help one to get certified as an ultrasound technologist in less than two years. The college has trained more than one thousand seven hundred successful students, who are now working all over the world. It offers practical training programs that are developed for allied health professionals; foreign medical graduates and existing ultrasound technologists who wish to acquire additional skills in ultrasound examination. The courses are taught by an American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers certified instructors with almost 20 years of teaching experience in the field. A certificate of participation is awarded to participants upon successful completion of our training programs.

Rochester Institute of Technology
Rochester Institute of Technology offers a bachelor’s degree program in diagnostic medical sonography. The program runs for two to four years including the internship, depending on prior experience and education. It offers programs in Ultrasound Technology that lead to either a Bachelor of Science degree or a Certificate in Diagnostic Medical Sonography.  The bachelor’s degree in diagnostic medical sonography program emphasizes skills in research and administration and the development of more advanced scanning and diagnostic abilities.

Gurnick Academy of Medical Arts California
Gurnick Academy of Medical Arts provides an ultrasound technologist program for 18 months. The program provides students with in depth knowledge of abdominal sonography, small parts, obstetrics and gynecologic studies, and ultrasound physics instrumentation. The programs have clinical sessions where the students are assigned to clinical rotations in hospitals and various outpatient centers in the community. There is also clinical internship which helps students gain experience that prepares them for entry-level positions in Ultrasonography.

George Washington University
George Washington University offers sonography certificate programs and a bachelor’s degree in sonography. The program emphasizes both theory and practical education with clinical experiences. The program takes two years. It also offers clinical rotations which occur simultaneously with the coursework each semester. Students complete one thousand six hundred and eighty hours of clinical rotations, if pursuing the single clinical practice selection, and require an additional five hundred hours if pursuing a combined clinical practice selection. The sonography certificate program at George Washington University is fully accredited by the Commission for the Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP).