According to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics,
employment of diagnostic medical sonographers
is expected to grow by 18% from 2008 to 2018.
Growth is expected as healthcare providers increasingly utilize ultrasound imaging as a safer and more cost effective alternative to radiological procedures. In addition, as the population continues to age there will be an increased demand for diagnostic imaging. ARDMS registered diagnostic medical sonographers enjoy the ability to specialize in several areas of ultrasound, including: obstetrics and gynecology, abdominal, breast, vascular, and neurosonography. Most job openings are in the hospital setting, but there are also career opportunities in outpatient clinics, imaging centers, and private physician offices.
Ms. Megan Beaver, Program Director and Instructor of the Ultrasonography program, joined the Mount faculty in 2009. She has an Assoicates Degree of Specialized Technology in Diagnostic Medical Sonography from South Hills School of Business & Technology. Ms. Beaver is registered through the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography in Abdominal, Obstetric and Gynecologic, and Breast sonography.
Ms. Brittany Smithmyer, Assistant Clinical Coordinator and Teaching Assitant, joined the Mount staff in 2010. She has a Bachelors Degree of Professional Studies in Ultrasonography from Mount Aloysius College. Ms. Smithmyer is registered through the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography in Obstetric and Gynecologic sonography.
“Since graduation I have accomplished many of my career goals! I am ARDMS registered in Abdomen, OB/GYN, & Fetal Echocardiography (RDCS). I am also registered through the ARRT in sonography and the NTQR in nuchal translucency and nasal bone. My education and clinical experience from Mount Aloysius has opened many doors in my career. I was hired at my clinical site after graduation, which made my transition fairly simple. I have since worked at several well-known perinatologists’ offices and I’m currently enrolled for my Master’s degree in Health Sciences.”
Megan Gresh '08
Diagnostic medical sonographers use special equipment to direct high frequency sound waves into areas of the patient's body to acquire diagnostic images. The sonographer uses his or her trained eye to distinguish normal from abnormal anatomy. It is the sonographer's responsibility to obtain quality images and measurements to aid the radiologist in diagnosis.
In addition to actually performing the ultrasound scan, sonographers may also be responsible for obtaining patient history and updating their records, preparing and transporting patients, assisting physicians in procedures, adjusting and maintaining equipment.
Ultrasonographers are respected members of diagnostic medicine. They work closely with physicians and other imaging modalities to provide the highest level of patient care. The field of diagnostic medical sonography has many opportunities for registered sonographers who are willing to become dedicated members of a health care team. Ever evolving ultrasound equipment means the field is constantly changing, which ensures the continuation of job availability.
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