Becoming an ultrasound technician

An ultrasound technician is someone who uses the technology of ultrasound to create dynamic images of the internal organs of the body. Without having ultrasound technology, it would be virtually impossible to observe, detect, and document these inner organs without having to perform surgery. It’s basically a non-invasive way to survey the body and it can potentially save lives. Without ultrasound technology and the technicians who perform this procedure, it would be very difficult to detect and prevent ailments and track a patient’s progress.
For a person who is interested in being an ultrasound technician, they first must complete the appropriate education requirements. All ultrasound techs must complete an accredited program. The length of the program can vary between one to four years. By the end of the program, depending on the length, some students may have an associate’s degree while others will receive a bachelor’s degree. Once the education requirements are complete, an ultrasound tech will need to have some training as well. Again training time can vary depending on the program and also on the person’s experience.
It is also important that those who are interested in becoming an ultrasound tech be certified. Most will become certified through their educational program and some can get their certification from the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonography. Ultrasound technicians can also be certified in more than one field, so those who are interested or open to applying to different technician positions may be interested in becoming certified in more than one field.
Ultrasound technicians must be constantly alert when it comes to their job. With training, an ultrasound technician will be able to detect abnormalities in an image. They need to focus on subtle changes in an image as it can make a huge difference in the diagnosis. They must also have decent interpersonal skills since they will be interacting the patients, some of these patients may be uncomfortable or anxious. Another important ability an ultrasound tech needs to have is the ability to stay neutral and calm. Since it is the doctor’s duty to report the diagnosis, the ultrasound technician cannot inform the patient of any abnormalities.
A career as an ultrasound technician also has potential for much growth. Many can transition to higher and better paying jobs in the field of patient care and can even be placed in managerial positions. With the proper education, right mindset, and work ethic becoming an ultrasound technician can be an extremely rewarding career.
Source:
1. http://www.sdms.org/
2. http://www.onetonline.org/link/summary/29-2032.00
3. http://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/diagnostic-medical-sonographers.htm

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