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Learning about Sonography and Radiography and How You Can Pursue a Career in These Fields

February 14, 2009 0 Comments

Interested in medicine? Enjoy working with lots of people? A job in medical digital imaging could be for you. Radiographers, diagnostic medical sonographers, and medical sonographers help doctors and nurses diagnose diseases and understand changes in the human body, including identifying pregnancies and broken limbs. Radiologic technicians work with doctors to perform x-rays. Medical sonographers, who have completed diagnostic medical sonography courses, use high frequency sound waves to help create images of the human body and problems that may be hidden under the body's surface.

What Can I do with Radiography Training?
Radiographers help diagnose medical problems through the use of x-rays. Radiographers, and those who have completed a radiography courses in a radiography program, take x-rays of specific parts of a patient's body to help doctors better understand problems that lay beneath the skin. Those who have completed a radiography program may also be able to help patients prepare for x-rays and maintain patients' files. Many emerging professionals with radiography training and experience in radiography courses choose to specialize in certain types of radio-imaging. Radiography trained professionals can specialize in computed tomography, also known as a CT or cat scan, which uses x-rays to produce three dimensional images of the body or choose to focus on specific disciplines like obstetrics or gynecology.

Job prospects for radiographers and those who have completed a radiography program are expected to increase by 15% from 2006 to 2016, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Source:http://www.bls.gov/oco/ocos105.htm (visited January 09, 2009). The increased demand for individuals trained in radiography has helped make radiography courses popular throughout the country.

What is Diagnostic Medical Sonography?
While the x-ray is perhaps the best known of medical digital imaging procedures, it is definitely NOT the only one. The field of diagnostic medical sonography uses sound waves applied to specific parts of the human body, which reflect echoes, to create images of the body part. Diagnostic medical sonography is most commonly known for its use in ultrasounds of pregnant women. Those who have completed diagnostic medical sonography courses may also have opportunities to use sonography for other work. Sonographic images are also used to diagnose abdominal diseases and issues with the human nervous system. Those who have completed diagnostic medical sonography courses may have the ability to work with infants to scan their bodies for medical problems shortly after birth or work to help diagnose adults.

Opportunities in diagnostic medical sonography are expected to increase by 19% from 2006 to 2016, faster than the national average for all occupations, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Source: http://www.bls.gov/oco/ocos273.htm (visited January 09, 2009).

Why is Diagnostic Medical Sonography and Radiography Training Important?
To insure proper care is provided to patients and to maintain personal safety, formal diagnostic medical sonography and radiography training is crucial. Without radiography courses and hands-on radiography training, individuals are particularly susceptible to causing harm both to their patients and themselves with radiation from x-ray machines.

Diagnostic medical sonography must be performed properly as sonographers often work with individuals in fragile medical states including infants and pregnant mothers. Health facilities use very expensive radiography machinery and equipment. These facilities trust technicians to safely and properly use this machinery. Individuals with radiography training and experience using this equipment are considered a valuable resource in the professional arena. Sanford-Brown College-Fenton provides students with the choice of an Associate of Applied Science in Radiography or in Diagnostic Medical Sonography, with courses and training that can help you prepare for a fulfilling career in the field of medical imaging.

Sanford-Brown - Fenton is close to many locations:
Ballwin, MO - approximately 8.0 miles
St. Peters, MO - approximately 28.2 miles
O'Fallon, MO - approximately 28.0 miles
St. Louis, MO - approximately 19.7 miles

Sources:

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2008-09 Edition, Radiologic Technologists and Technicians, on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/oco/ocos105.htm (visited January 09, 2009).

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2008-09 Edition, Diagnostic Medical Sonographers, on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/oco/ocos273.htm (visited January 09, 2009).

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