Sonography is profession that created its name over the past years. With the
quick development of these new technologies and an increased use of ultrasounds and other
imaging procedures, there is a continuous growth in job opportunities for sonographers.
Sonography is a branch of radiography and is used in procedures that make use of sound waves
to create an image of the organs and tissues that are needed to be examined. This procedure is
helpful in locating disorders like stones, tumors and certain diseases.
Professionals doing or
performing this procedure is called sonographers. Sonographers work in health institutions like
hospitals, clinics and laboratories. Sonographers are highly skilled that makes use of an
equipment to direct sound waves into the patient’s body that then creates images that are
needed by physicians to diagnose a disease. The procedure of taking images begins when the
sonographer explains the procedure to the patient. Then, he or she will position the patient and
spreads a gel on the skin and places a transducer near the skin. A transducer is a device that
transmits waves in areas that are needed to be checked. These waves then bounce of the organ
structures inside and then analyzed by the computer. The physician will then interpret the
image presented. Sonographers may also specialize in certain areas. Obstetric and gynecologic
sonographer deals with the female reproductive system and also examines the growing fetus
inside the mother’s womb for disorders. Neurosonographers centers on the nervous system.
Opthalmic sonographers study the eyes. It can keep track on the bloody supply and ailments of
the eye. The most common are the abdominal sonographers that focus on the abdominal cavity
and treat conditions involving the organs like liver, pancreas and others.
The first step in becoming a sonographer is by having a sonography education.
Sonography schools or institutions offer trainings in colleges and hospitals. It is a prerequisite
that one must have a high school diploma to prove that they have a background in science.
Sonography schools offer trainings that can be completed for either two years or four years.
Finishing a one year program will give you a certificate. Sonographers are also required to
complete continuing education to keep them updates on issues and new technological advances
related to this profession. Though there is no state exam for this profession, having a certificate
will show how competent a person for the profession. Having a certificate gives you a
professional credential. It will also give you a great potential of earning a lot of money. A
certified professional always has many benefits. Certifications will prove how equipped a person
is with all the knowledge and skills.
Job opportunities for this profession are increasing since a lot of people are
looking for safe alternative procedure for medical treatments. A sonographers salary may range
from $60,000 a year including per hour salary, overtimes and even on-call pays. Experienced
sonographers can also have a good compensation because they are more skilled. If a person is
specialized in a certain field like neuro or ob\gyne then he or she is expected to have more pay
than the general sonographer.