Use these tools to help you learn and stay current in your field
If you’re studying to be a medical sonographer, keep in mind that there are many tools to help you along the way. As a busy student, you’re probably looking for ways to make studying and learning easier. You want to stay connected to the most up-to-date information and resources. Using smartphone apps to access videos, tutorials, and clinical information is an excellent way to stay connected and continue to learn about the world of sonography.
We know that students often need to be careful to stick to a strict budget. For that reason, here’s an overview of several free apps that you can turn to as you prepare to become an ultrasound technician. (We don’t endorse any of these apps specifically, but suggest that you use this list as a starting point for your own online research. Remember—it costs you nothing to download a free app and try it out!)
This app offers one-minute video demonstrations of a variety of ultrasound functions. It is useful to remind you of the basics. It includes descriptions, explanations of hand positions, and images to contrast normal and abnormal findings. It was developed by Dr. Mike Mallin and Dr. Matt Dawson who do the Ultrasound Podcast, which is also a good resource to add to your toolbox.
POC Ultrasound Guide
This app is designed by Ohio State University for students. It gives step-by-step instructions on how to capture high-quality views and images during an ultrasound. It also offers guidance on which probes to use, and when applicable, details on how to calculate clinical parameters.
If you’re looking for how-to videos, clinical information and images, case studies, references, and product guides, check out this free app. It was developed by SonoSite, an ultrasound company.
This list is just a start. If you do a quick search online, you’ll find more apps that can help you excel as a student, and perhaps will also come in handy as you transition into your career. These technological tools can help you be a more informed, prepared, experienced, and organized professional. Use them to your advantage!
The American College for Medical Careers (ACMC) offers several programs for students looking to enter this essential healthcare field. Our Cardiovascular Sonography and Diagnostic Medical Sonography programs include online courses, in-person lab experiences, and clinical externships. These equip you with the knowledge and experience you need to hit the ground running in your first job. Keep in mind that the school also offers an online Sonography Bridge Program, which enables working technicians to complete a bachelor's degree and also advance their knowledge of and experience in clinical sonography.
This article is part of the weekly blog of the American College for Medical Careers in Orlando, FL. For more information about all of our various professional training programs, visit us online.