To become a certified sonographer it is a prerequisite to complete at least one of the ultrasound technician programs. This can be completed in any school offering accredited ultrasound degrees. Ultrasound is always associated with pregnancy. Did you know that pregnant women are not the only patients who use the ultrasound machine? There are still a lot of other sub-specialties in the sonography field. Aside from obstetrics and gynecological sonography, there are other sub-fields such as abdominal sonography, vascular ultrasound, echocardiography, neuro-sonography and ophthalmologic sonography. Here are some information about what to study in sonography programs which can be utilized as sub-specialty for the students in any ultrasound schools.
The abdominal part of the patient’s body is being diagnosed with the abdominal sonographer. Clear images of the body organs such as the liver, pancreas, spleen, gall bladder and kidneys will be the main responsibility in abdominal sonography. Gallstones, dilated bile ducts or enlarged liver/pancreas are the some of the diseases being diagnosed by the ultrasound technician in the sub-field ultrasound abdominal sonography.
The Doppler technology is the newest technology of diagnosing the blood vessels inside the abdominal part of the body. Blood vessels concerning this area of the body are studied by Doppler. This technology makes it easy for abdominal specialist to make the initial diagnosis and passing it to the physician to make the correct and final diagnosis for treatment possibilities.
The rate and the speed of blood flow in the blood vessels being diagnosed in the vascular sonography sub-field of ultrasound sonography. Blood clots, coagulations and other blood flow related diseases are being diagnosis in this sub-specialty of ultrasound technology. Prevention and cure is easily done by the physician in cases where quick diagnosis is performed by the ultrasound technician. Angioplasty is one of the immediate prevention for blockage and clot in the blood vessels of the heart.
Related to the vascular sonography is the echocardiography that is the field concerned for the heart related problems. Blood flow, valve malfunctioning and impairment together with other diseases of the heart is being diagnosed by the technician by utilizing the heart’s pumping capacity, size, shape, and all irregularities with the closing and opening function of the valve. This can all be seen can be seen under the ultrasound machine. The ultrasound machine helps in revealing which way the blood flows, of where is the direction of blood flow (backward or forward into the heart valve).
Obstetrics and gynecological sonography is the field responsible in diagnosing the diseases of the female reproductive system as well as the responsible sub field in revealing the gender of the fetus inside the mother’s womb.
Aside from these sub specialties in ultrasound sonography, clinical training is also acquired before graduating from ultrasound technician programs. With this training, the technician is exposed in the real world of sonography. Application of all related knowledge in patient care and communication and making use of the real ultrasound machine, managing and maintaining it are some of the important experiences the student will have in the clinical training. Completion the ultrasound technician programs is the key for you to have qualifications and become a certified ultrasound sonographer.