A sonographer, otherwise known as an ultrasound technician is a medical professional who is qualified to operate specialized high tech equipment used to scan different parts of the body of a patient. The equipment sends HFS waves to the targeted body parts and captures photographed or videotaped images, which are then forwarded to the doctor. The doctor uses the images to make an accurate diagnosis and subsequently give medications accordingly as per the main problem. Most ultrasound technicians will opt to specialize in a specific area of the diagnostic sonography.
How would you like to be the first to break the news to expectant parents the sex of their unborn baby? Well if you would like this challenge, then you might want to specialize in the obstetrics sonographer area of sonography. If not, you can opt for other areas of the same such as vascular sonography, ophthalmology and intraoperative sonography to mention but a few. To become an ultrasound technician, here are the educational requirements and qualifications.
Sonography basically requires a minimum of a 2-year training to be able to enter the competitive job market. However, today so many institutions offer both the 2-year training program and a 4-year training program meaning that if you decide to get an Associate’s degree first, you can always advance later on and pursue further training. Needless to mention, getting a Bachelor’s degree in Medical Sonography will stand you at a much advantaged position to pursue advanced opportunities in the job field, most probably involving research and/or teaching.
In addition to the Associates or Bachelor’s degree in Medical Sonography, you might want to supplement the formal training with the latest computer courses. This is because the sonography equipment as it is, is run and operated by a computer thus whatever technical skills of a computer you have will make your work working with the equipment very easy. Further, hands-on experience in the Sonography field is mandatory before being conferred with the degree. Thus, you will be expected to undertake an internship, which will be a very important part of your educational and training experience.
Upon successful completion of the internship, you will be required to sit for, and pass the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers (ARDMS) exams. Of course once you pass the exam you will be a licensed practitioner and Registered Diagnostic Medical Sonographer who can work in any health institution. Important to note is that if there will be any specific area of diagnostic sonography that you would wish to specialize in; your individual state may expect you to have additional certifications for that.
Career prospects for the Sonography field are quite lucrative and attractive since the average salary of a highly qualified and well trained ultrasound technician is approximately $52,000. Further, this medical field is on very high demand meaning you will not tarmac for a long time upon successful graduation. What this also means is that the money you will invest in your education and training will ultimately be well worth it in the end once you get a well paying job. For more information on what this field entails and all educational requirements, you might want to visit different websites online and even read offline materials that give more details about ultrasound technicians.