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Using Simulation to Train Sonographers

Ultrasound simulation training

As technology continues to evolve and permeate the field of healthcare, health science educators are utilizing advanced simulation training to prepare students for the challenges of the clinical environment. Medical facilities are also turning to simulation tools to help health professionals improve processes in the workplace. Sonography instructors have seen tremendous value for their students Read more

How to Ace Anatomy and Physiology

Studying for an anatomy and physiology course

Earlier this year, we received some advice from another ultrasound professor: Michael Keith, (B.S.R.T., R.D.M.S) who is the Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program Director at Rowan College at Gloucester County in New Jersey. Director Keith had this to say:  “I would encourage all aspiring sonographers to make sure they pay strict attention  in Anatomy and Physiology Read more

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 Read more

Melessa Cizik

Melessa Cizik has been an ultrasound tech for over 10 years with extensive experience performing general, OB/GYN, small parts and vascular ultrasound exams. Having graduated the top of her sonography class at Bergen Community College in Paramus, New Jersey, Cizik now offers ultrasound tutoring services online, using video, audio and whiteboard technologies. She helps individuals Read more

Sonography equipment

X-rays and ultrasounds are both examples of medical imaging procedures. (Other diagnostic imaging modalities exist too, like CT or CAT scans, MRIs, PET scans, among others.) Both ultrasound and X-ray technology tend to be readily or widely available, and relatively inexpensive compared to other modalities. So what is the difference between the two? Each imaging Read more

Pediatric Ultrasound

Pediatric sonographer

When it comes to pediatric healthcare, a common expression is “Children are not just small adults.” That expression applies specifically to ultrasound too. For example, Michael Riccabona, M.D., in his May 2004 Diagnostic Imaging Europe article, states, in the case of abdominal ultrasound: “Ultrasound examination of the pediatric abdomen differs from that of the adult Read more

New job

Guest article by Emily Long. Emily is part of the communications team at Pennsylvania College of Health Sciences in Lancaster, PA. As a diagnostic medical sonography student, you are probably starting to explore the job market in effort to secure employment upon graduation. This, of course, is not a unique circumstance. Every year thousands of Read more

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 Read more

Tom Whelan

Editor’s Note: Tom Whelan passed away in February of 2018. Our thoughts are with his family, and we remain thankful for his many contributions to the medical imaging community. 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 Read more