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Series of articles pertaining to healthcare, specifically regarding the role of sonography, medical imaging, and allied health.

It was truly an honor to interview Joan P. Baker MSR, RDMS, RDCS, FSDMS. Originally from England, Baker was invited to the United States in the 1960s – due to her sonography passion and practice – and she’s been here ever since. Baker’s eclectic career as a clinical sonographer, educator, and now president of the Keep reading

8 Stretches for Sonographers

It’s common for sonographers and ultrasound technicians to experience work-related pain or to develop musculoskeletal injuries. Affected areas can include the neck, shoulders, elbows, wrists, hands and the upper and lower back. Disorders can range from temporary injury to having to give up work due to the development of a permanent disability. Consider these statistics: Between 63% Keep reading

Emily Downs is an experienced Diagnostic Medical Sonographer with a BS in Radiation Science.  She is currently the Program Director of the Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program of Denver in Colorado, where she has served for the past three years. In 2014, she received the IFSER (International Foundation For Sonography Education and Research) International Outreach Advocate Award Keep reading

Houston, Texas

February is Black History Month, a time to recognize the many important contributions African Americans have made to the country. One such champion in the health and medical field is Dr. John B. Coleman. Dr. John B. Coleman (1929-1994) was a Houston, Texas-based physician, businessman and humanitarian.  HCC Coleman College in Houston was named in Keep reading

Tom Whelan

In Part 1 of our interview with diagnostic medical sonographer, echocardiographer and vascular technologist,  Tom Whelan (RDMS, RDCS, RVT, FASE), we learned how he started his sonography career over three decades ago and how he has been a pioneer in the field.  In this second part, he shares some of his professional highlights as well Keep reading

Tom Whelan

Tom Whelan (RDMS, RDCS, RVT, FASE) has been a sonographer for nearly 35 years. The ARDMS-certified professional and Fellow of the American Society of Echocardiography has literally been a pioneer in the ultrasound field. Starting out as a radiologic technologist, he began performing ultrasounds just as the technology was first becoming available in U.S. hospitals Keep reading


The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (Task Force) recently released a draft recommendation that individuals, who are at a high risk of developing lung cancer, undergo yearly CT scans. Specifically the imaging modality is characterized as low-dose computed tomography (LDCT). Those who are considered high risk are defined by their age and their history of Keep reading

MRI and Sports Medicine

Wrigley Field

What do Chicago Bulls guard Kirk Hinrich, New York Yankees pitcher Ivan Nova and Toronto Bluejays pitcher Josh Johnson have in common (besides being professional athletes)? They’ve all made recent headlines for having MRI exams done or scheduled due to injuries—Hinrich for his left calf; Nova’s MRI revealed his right triceps were inflamed, placing him on Keep reading

A Hospital’s Unsung Heroes

“We’ve all heard the old African proverb, ‘It takes a village to raise a child.’ Well, it takes a village to save a life, too. [Dr.] Kim and I needed more than 20 people working as a team to save John [an 18-year old ER patient who had been in a head-on collision]. Take one Keep reading

New Year’s Resolutions

Have you made any New Year’s resolutions for 2013? If so, you are part of the approximately 45% of Americans who regularly sets such goals, according to a study recently published by the University of Scranton’s Journal of Clinical Psychology. The U of S study also revealed the ten most common resolutions that are made Keep reading