Ultrasound Technician: What You Need To Know

In the field of healthcare, an ultrasound technician is also more commonly known as a diagnostic medical sonographer. His job is to help doctors and other medical practitioners make accurate diagnosis of a patient’s medical condition, with the help of an ultrasound machine. While ultrasonic technology is more commonly used for pregnant women to check the status of their unborn child, it also plays an important role in helping detect and treat many kinds of health problems and injuries. As with other healthcare fields, this career is notably among those that are in demand and is expected to have favorable job outlook in the next few years.

Ultrasound technicians are specialists in harnessing the power of sound waves in order to take internal images of the different parts of the patient’s body. An ultrasound machine makes this possible, and whatever images captured during the procedure are sent to doctors in order to be analyzed and be used as data for making correct diagnosis. The ultrasound tech must have the knowledge and skills in order to operate the ultrasonic machine properly and guide patients in making the imaging process safe and successful at the same time.

It is up to the ultrasound technician to make sure that patients have a good understanding of the procedure that they will be undergoing. Recording of the patient’s medical history may also be needed in some situations. The training that he has undergone allows him to exactly pinpoint the correct configuration of the ultrasound machine and the proper positioning of the patient in order to get the best quality images possible. Before the scanning procedure is performed, a special type of gel is applied onto the skin to ensure that sound waves can be transmitted more efficiently into the body.

A transducer is utilized by the ultrasound technologist to transmit sound waves which in turn will help produce the images on the screen. As the scanning progresses, the ultrasound tech must be able to know what to look for and be able to select only the images that will be useful for doctors. Besides taking images, he will also take measurements, make calculations, and evaluate the results that the doctors come up with in their preliminary findings. When ultrasonic equipment is not being used, he may also be responsible for its maintenance to ensure that it is always in good working condition.

In order to be a competent and proficient ultrasound technician, one will have to undergo a formal training program. The most common route to this career is a 2-year Associate’s Degree program, although a more comprehensive 4-year Bachelor’s Degree training can yield better results. Also, an aspiring ultrasound tech must have good communication skills, be ready to work in close contact with patients, be accurate, have good vision and excellent manual dexterity, and be able to follow instructions carefully and make sound decisions whenever it is needed. Most importantly, like any other healthcare field, one must have a genuine desire of taking care of people.

Imaging Agent for Breast Cancer & Heart

A group of scientists are currently working on a process which aims to mass produce a new and highly-essential imaging agent that can be used with CT (computed tomography) scans related to breast cancer, heart disease, and other medical conditions. They are also conducting a study which aims to come up with concrete evidence to prove that the said imaging agent, which is categorized as a tantalum oxide particle, is clinically safe to use. It has been determined that producing the imaging agent is inexpensive and using it makes it possible to conduct imaging on various organs because it is able to remain in the body for a considerable period of time. The complete details of this report has been published in the Journal of the American Chemical Society.

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  About Diagnostic Medical Sonographer's Work

A diagnostic medical sonographer is a member of the healthcare team responsible for the operation of complex imaging equipment in order to detect and diagnose a wide range of medical conditions. They are usually involved in a procedure which is more popularly known as an ultrasound, which makes use of sound waves in order to view what's inside the patient's body.

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