Ultrasound technicians use specialized equipment to provide visualizations based on the passage of sound waves through objects and people. Commonly, ultrasound is used in medical diagnosis and as a routine part of prenatal care. They may also use ultrasound technology for therapeutic treatments, for example in the correction of “shin splints”, micro tears that can be soothed and repaired by the warming action of ultrasound technology.
The relatively non-invasive nature of most ultrasound techniques make it a go-to for many internal medical scans, for example to locate kidney and gall bladder stones and diagnose their severity. The technology also has a great deal of utility in their treatment in the form of lithotripsy, in which concentrated sound waves provide a non-surgical means of eliminating hard matter inside the body by blasting them with sonic shockwaves. To the patient this experience typically feels no worse than being repeatedly struck by a rubber band, and are spared ongoing pain from the condition as well as a comparatively easy cure.
Ultrasound technicians are employed in private and public clinics and hospitals. Some may be employed in high end aesthetic salons. Regardless of where they work, people with skills and certifications to perform this role are generally in high demand and they can command excellent professional salaries.
Possible career paths include:
- Diagnostic Medical Sonographist
- Ultrasound Technologist
- Vascular Ultrasound Technologist
- Ultrasound Technician