Becoming an ultrasound technician is a good decision and provides many different opportunities even within the field of ultrasound technology itself. Aside from the fact that the field of ultrasound technology eliminates the need for you to be exposed to different body fluids and carcinogens, you will find there are many specialties within the field itself. The field is constantly growing, so you don’t have to worry as much about staying employed as you do in other fields.

Description of an Ultrasound Technician

Most people are somewhat familiar with the job of the ultrasound technician, but to generalize, the ultrasound technician or sonographer works with sonic waves. The sonic waves have the ability to read what is happening in your body so doctors can diagnose anything that is out of the normal. There are several different specializations that a sonographer can choose each with its own purpose and diagnostic abilities.

Choosing the Field of Sonography

There are several specialties that are open to those who choose to become an ultrasound technician:

  • Echocardiography uses sound waves to create a picture of the heart in order for a cardiologist to analyze and diagnose any problems.
  • Vascular technology involves the study of the arteries and vessels that surround the heart.
  • Neurosonography is a study of the nervous system and brain.
  • Abdominal sonography allows the ultrasound technician to create pictures of the solid organs of the abdomen in order to discover anything that may be causing health issues.
  • Breast sonography is currently a replacement for mammograms for detecting breast cancer in its early stages. It is believed to be more accurate than the traditional mammogram.
  • OBGYN sonography allows the technician to see the movements of a baby before it is even born. This will allow the technologist to see any abnormalities with the fetus or the mother.

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Why Choose the Field of Sonography?

While the different options that are open in the field of sonography provide good reasons to become an ultrasound technician, there are 5 major reasons that may be more appealing to someone who is considering this field of medical specialization:

  1. Training is easily available to anyone who is interested.
  2. Ultrasound is a clean procedure that does not exposure technicians to blood or any other bodily fluids.
  3. The work is rewarding.
  4. Technicians can earn a healthy income that can sometimes start as high as $40,000 annually for those right out of school.
  5. There is no exposure to radiation. Sonography relies on sound waves to take pictures of the parts of the body that require analysis and diagnosis.
About the author: Angela is a full-time ultrasound technician by day and a blogger by night. She loves sharing her passion for her work with others and hopes to inspire future students to choose a career in ultrasound.

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4 Comments

  1. How can you be an experienced ultrasound tech and say that it is a clean job? In my humble three years of experience, both at a clinic and hospital, I have had more blood, vomit, excrement, and various other disgusting substances on my equipment and I than I care to remember. I absolutely love my job, but there is nothing more infuriating that hearing someone say that it’s easy because all I do is take pictures of babies. I work hard for my money and wish the public was more educated about what a majority of not only ultrasound techs, but hospital workers in general do for the public.
    -proud RDMS

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  2. Im not sure where you work but i have never seen blood my whole career of ultrasound and itis a pretty easy job so i dont know what your talking about .

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  3. CfromRC, I agree. I don’t know where the techs work that don’t see blood or bodily fluids. We see it all the time with inpatients and procedures. And it is definitely not a clean job, especially when the patients are in isolation. I cannot stand when people say it’s an “easy” job!

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  4. Mate….No job is easy job or dirty job if you are committed and dedicated otherwise it is a cowboy job. Its not that what a Ultrasound tech physically do but so much goes into how he interacts with patients and give them comfort and assurances.

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