If you are looking for a career in medicine, you may want to check out information on becoming an Ultrasound Technician. This field offers an opportunity for growth and is in increasing demand. This profession requires a brief training period but is a field that is always in high demand.
If you have an attention to detail, can work on your feet for long periods of time, and have a patient and caring way with people, you have some of the traits needed for this career. Noticing even the smallest deviation could be important when performing an ultrasound. And many people will be nervous while undergoing this procedure so being considerate of their concerns and having a reassuring and caring attitude is vital.
What is an Ultrasound Technician?
Ultrasound technology is the application of using high frequency sound waves to view internal organs, tissue and blood flow in order to diagnose medical issues and for disease prevention. This non-invasive procedure has replaced the need for X-rays in many instances and because it doesn’t require the use of dyes it is safe for children, elderly people, and especially pregnant women.
The technician uses a hand-held device that is called a transducer. The transducer will transmit the sound and produce the images on a screen as the technician scans the area that needs attention. It is the duty of the ultrasound technician to note any inconsistencies and report them to the physician. Having a solid foundation of the body’s anatomy is probably one of the most important parts of this position.
It is not always used for disease diagnosis. One of the most popular uses for ultrasound technology is on women who are pregnant. Making sure that the baby is healthy and growing at the correct rate according to the corresponding time is a pro-active step that is helpful to the doctor and parents. But one of the most fun and exciting uses of ultrasound technology is providing the gender of the baby to the excited expectant moms and dads.
What Kind of Schooling Do You Need?
Becoming technician requires at least a 2-year Associates Degree. A 4-year Bachelor’s Degree would be worth the time and investment if you are serious about your career. You should make sure that the school that you attend is accredited with the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs. You can check their website at www.caahep.org. Another place that can provide you with information on schooling is the Joint Review Committee on Education in Diagnostic Medical Sonography. You can learn more about them at www.caahep.org.
You will be learning the basics of sonography, medical vocabulary, physiology, and basic anatomy. If you choose to specialize in a certain area, such as ophthalmology (eyes), echocardiography (heart), or obstetrics, you may need extra training in that area. Make sure you are at a place that allows you enough scanning hours so you won’t have any trouble qualifying for certification.
What Kind of Earning Potential Can you Expect?
Once you graduate, you will need to find out about being certified and registered as an ultrasound technologist. You can find out more about this from the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography on their website www.ardms.org
Once certified and entering the field you can expect to earn about $40K to start. If you have a 4-year degree or have one or two specialties, your earnings can reach up to $60K or more. You may want to become accredited in more than one type of imaging to increase your demand.
Ultrasound technicians can find work at doctor’s offices, hospitals, medical centers, and urgent care facilities. It is an ever growing field and always in demand.