Most people know about ultrasounds or sonography. These are the most common methods, used in the medical profession to view a fetus during pregnancy. Sonographers are an important part of one of the most special times for a pregnant mother. They tell her the gender of the baby and also show her the baby for the first time. There are many other uses of sonography as well. Sonography can also be used to view internal organs and diagnose various problems of different internal organs like the heart, brain and blood vessels.
The equipment used for sonography is basically a handheld transmitter which emits sound waves. It is moved over the abdomen. The sound waves create an image of the internal organs or fetus of a patient. Sonography uses sound waves instead of radiation so it is a safe and better way to view internal organs. It has no side effects.
Sonography jobs are usually taken by professional medical sonographers, non-physician professionals. They use ultrasound or high frequency sound waves to get images of a fetus or internal organs. These images are used to prevent, diagnose and also help treat different medical conditions. Another common use of sonography is looking at a mother’s fetus during various stages of pregnancy.
There are many different types of sonography jobs and various fields of specialization. Vascular technologists specialize in imaging and testing blood vessels. Sonographers who specialize and study the abdomen look into various abdominal organs like the liver, spleen, urinary tract, pancreas as well as some soft tissue blood vessels in the abdomen.
Another field of specialization is of the heart. The Echocardiography sonographers evaluate the heart’s blood flow including the heart blood valves and some blood vessels. Similarly other sonographers who specialize in breast are breasts and other chest parts work in diagnostic mammography. Other sonographers who specialize in obsterics look into the female reproductive systems. The Neurosonology songographers look and diagnose problems in the brain, spinal cord and the nervous system. Similarly the Ophthalmology sonographers examine the eye.
Most sonography jobs have almost the same duties. The sonographers have to look and manage a patient’s histoy, analyze information in various diagnostic procedures, decide the needs of a patient by looking at his internal condition and providing a written or oral summary of internal findings to the physician. People who look for sonography jobs can collaborate with doctors and physicians.