What to Know About Becoming a Cardiovascular Sonographer

Find out if this important healthcare role could be a good fit for you

If helping people is a priority for you in your work, then there are many options for ways to enter the healthcare field. Professional training programs like those offered at the American Medical College for Medical Careers can position you for career success. The field of cardiovascular sonography might suit your needs, if you like the idea of working with technology and interacting directly with patients in a hospital or medical office setting.

To help you evaluate whether this might be a good fit for your career goals, here is some basic information about the field of cardiovascular sonography:

Where cardiovascular sonographers work
Although hospitals tend to employ many cardiovascular sonographers, doctors’ offices or laboratories that do medical or diagnostic work also have them on staff.

Equipment cardiovascular sonographers use
An ultrasound machine is the imaging equipment that these healthcare professionals use to help doctors diagnose a patient. The ultrasound uses high-frequency sound waves to capture heart function as well as the circulatory system, to show how blood is flowing through blood vessels and heart valves and to the heart itself.

The role cardiovascular sonographers play
In this position, a sonographer prepares the patient for the exam by explaining how the ultrasound will function. He or she then prepares the equipment, performs the exam, and then examines the images to determine whether any abnormalities are present. After the procedure, he or she records any findings, and reports them to the cardiologist, who in turn determines a diagnosis and a treatment plan.

The hours cardiovascular sonographers work
Cardiovascular sonographers tend to work a predictable 40-hour workweek, Monday through Friday, from 9 to 5, which can be appealing to many people. If part of a sonographer’s duties are to assist a surgeon during a procedure, then those hours can vary somewhat.

Cardiovascular sonographers work on their feet
Throughout most of a shift, a cardiovascular sonographer is likely to be standing or walking, so people in this career should be comfortable with a fairly active position.

The “pros” of being a cardiovascular sonographer

  • Working as part of a team is one advantage, as you will work alongside physicians, nurses, and other staff members, as well as patients throughout the day.
  • Another gratifying aspect of this work is helping patients who could be facing a life-threatening heart condition.
  • If you like the process of learning to keep up with change, this could be a good choice for you, since the field is constantly evolving.

Does the career field of cardiovascular sonography intrigue you? If so, a professional training program like the one at ACMC may be the right choice. Learn more about what we offer for students pursuing this field, and good luck in your professional career path!

This article is part of the weekly blog of the American College for Medical Careers in Orlando, FL. We care about supporting our students as they strive to achieve their personal as well as professional goals. Reach out to us today for information about any one of our six healthcare training programs.