These healthcare professionals use technology to help doctors to diagnose patients
If you’re considering a training program in medical sonography, like the ones at the American College for Medical Careers, then you may know that this is a field where you take images of the patient that a doctors uses to determine diagnoses and treatments. But there is lots more to appreciate about this profession—and a lot of advantages to working in this dynamic field.
Whether you choose a program in Cardiovascular Sonography, Diagnostic Sonography, or something like our Sonography Bridge Program, knowing more about the work will be helpful to you. We created this post to provide you with some basic information about the duties and responsibilities you are likely to find on the job.
Here is an overview of some of the advantages of this career choice:
You work with the latest equipment
Part of a job in sonography is technical, which means that you’ll work closely on a daily basis with the pieces of imaging equipment, which are complex machines. You will need to operate as well as maintain this technology. Given that there are innovations all the time, it’s important to be ready to learn new things in an ongoing way, so you can stay up to speed.
Communicating with patients
This is an active role, where the sonographer interacts directly with the patient before, during, and after the procedure. The patient may have questions beforehand about what is involved, and yours is an important role in clarifying information, but also helping to reassure them given any anxiety they may be having about the procedure. Helping the patient to feel comfortable is the best way to ensure that the procedure will go smoothly, so good communication and interpersonal skills are essential.
You get the first view
When you’re the one operating the sonogaphy equipment, you’re also the first one to view the images about what’s happening with the patient. You will then create images that will help the doctor to make a diagnosis or decide on a treatment.
You work closely with doctors
If you like working with physicians, this could be a good career choice. Doctors will need to give you direction about what kind of images they are looking to you to obtain. The doctor may want to consult with you about your observations. In this way, you’ll be playing an important role in helping with the diagnosis, and you’re likely to find that your judgment and opinions are respected and valued.
We hope that this information provides you a foundation for exploring your career options in medical sonography. There are a lot of factors to consider, so feel free to reach out to programs near you to learn more about what they offer. Good luck in your professional pursuits, whatever they may be!
This article is part of the weekly blog of the American College for Medical Careers in Orlando, FL. Find out about all of our professional training programs, and visit us online for more information.