Inside Look of an Ultrasound Tech
Diagnostic Medical Sonographers
About The Job
Sonographers typically work in hospitals, clinics, or doctors’ offices in sanitary conditions. Protective wear must be worn at all times to prevent the spread of disease. Work hours are irregular and divided into eight to twelve hour shifts, which can include weekends, evenings, and holidays. Most Sonographers work a forty to fifty hour week and may change shifts with other Sonographers or work double shifts.
How The Job Is Used
Because sonograms use relatively benign high-frequency sound waves to image the interior of the human body, they are safe enough to use on pregnant women who want to known the gender of their unborn baby. Unlike with traditional X-rays, patients are never exposed to radiation. Ultrasound technologists or technicians oversee the device that provides this revelation. With instructions from doctors and other healthcare workers, ultrasound professionals use ultrasound technology to diagnose medical conditions. They prepare patients by examining medical histories and answering questions. They apply a gel to the targeted area to enhance the imaging ability and operate sonogram machines. Finally, they provide a preliminary analysis of the results, noting any abnormalities, and submit their findings to the requesting physician. Because of the complexity of the human body, ultrasound professionals often specialize in one area. For example, breast Sonographers focus on breast tissues, making sonograms important for the early detection of breast cancer. The more commonly known specialty of obstetrics and gynecology tracks the progress of pregnancies. Ultrasound’s ability to reveal the softer structures of the body is particularly useful in Neurosonography, which diagnoses conditions of the nervous system and the brain. Abdominal Sonographers focus not only on the abdomen but also on such nearby organs as the kidney, liver, and spleen.
How To Get The Job
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