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Becoming an Ultrasound Technician

8 APR 2014

Are you looking to become an ultrasound technician? If that is the case, there are a few things that you should know before jumping into the waters of ultrasound technology. An ultrasound technician is a medical professional that uses high frequency sound waves and images to create pictures of organs. Ultrasound technicians are employed in several medical fields that require looking at specific organs and often play an important role as part of a patient’s healthcare team. They need to be diligent, as they must constantly be on the lookout for tiny abnormalities during exams, even though most patients’ tests will turn out negative. There are a variety of skills that ultrasound technicians should have, such as verbal communication, interpersonal relationship skills, manual dexterity, the ability to withstand physical demands and excellent critical thinking skills. For more on Becoming an Ultrasound Technician, check out this great blog by the Academy of Applied Pharmaceutical Sciences.

“Physicians rely on ultrasound images to diagnose and treat patients as well as to track their pregnancies.To perform an ultrasound, a technician uses a handheld device called a transducer to transmit high frequency sound waves. The live images the device produces can then be viewed on a display screen. The professional uses his detailed knowledge of anatomy to discern the most appropriate and representative images to record for review by a physician. Depending on the examination’s purpose, a technician can perform a variety of ultrasounds, from visualizing the direction and flow of blood through a vessel to determining a baby’s gender.”