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Duties And Responsibilities Of A Sonographer

A sonographer is a professional in the medical field whose work involves capturing detailed images in different areas of the body, making reports about the images and forwarding them to the requesting physician in order to assist in the diagnosis and treatment of a patient. These individuals can also be called as ultrasound technician, diagnostic medical sonographer and ultrasound technician. In this type of physical scanning, high-frequency sound waves are used to acquire the necessary images, unlike others such as X-ray which makes use of radiation.

 The sonographer generally makes use of an ultrasound imaging equipment, which essentially collects all reflected ultrasound waves and this generates on-screen images of the body part being scanned. Obstetrics is the most common application of ultrasound technology, particularly with pregnant women who wants to know the condition and other important information regarding their baby. Other uses exist as well, such as scanning of the abdominal and breast area for any signs of abnormalities. There are numerous schools and universities all over the United States which offer ultrasound technician training or sonography course which will prepare its students to acquire the necessary knowledge and skills to be able to perform the duties and responsibilities of a sonographer.

Fields of specialization which can be taken up by a sonographer are as follows:

1.) Obstetrics and Gynecological Sonography – This field performs imaging procedures on the female reproductive system. This is the most common application of ultrasound technology, especially for pregnant women who wants to take a sneak peek at their soon to be born baby. It can also be used to diagnose and detect any problems in the reproductive system.

2.) Abdominal Sonography – this field deals with taking images of the digestive system in order to detect any abnormalities in any of its parts such as the stomach, liver, pancreas and gall bladder. This field also scans for problems in the male reproductive system and the excretory system, which includes the kidneys.

3.) Neurosonography – this field tackles everything about the nervous system, particularly the brain. As with a regular ultrasound technician, a neurosonographer makes use of an identical transducer in order to capture detailed images of the nervous system. The transducer refers to the equipment which converts all signals it receives from a particular type of energy into another. Take note that the sound waves and frequencies used in this procedure is very much different from the ones used in gynecologic and obstetric sonography. Take the case of premature infants -- a neurosonographer observes and analyzes any neurological abnormalities present in the nervous system. Also for babies who have been afflicted with a medical condition known as sickle-cell anemia, ultrasound technicians might notice abnormal blood vessels which can be a symptom of stroke. Sickle-cell anemia refers to a medical condition wherein the red blood cells become stiff and malformed, usually crescent shaped, which in turn decreases cell flexibility, limits flow of blood through the blood vessels, and depriving oxygen for downstream tissues.

4.) Breast Sonography – As the name implies, this field is centered on breast abnormalities. With it, tumors can be detected, and the circumstances of blood supply can be properly examined. Any cancerous cells can be properly detected through mammography procedures. An exclusive transducer is also used for the examination of breast tissues.







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