Interesting Technological Advancements in Ultrasonography

The field of ultrasonography has evolved by leaps and bounds over the last 60 years and this has helped establish the field as much more dependable and accurate than previously. As more digital innovations evolve and have more common place in administering ultrasounds, technicians are able to take advantage of developments and become more proficient in their positions. This strengthens the field overall and the quality of care patients receive when getting an ultrasound. Below we look at a few different ways technology is shaping ultrasonography:

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Teen Pregnancy in America – Facts Figures and Trends

There are national debates that continue to rage on over contraceptives, abortion, and sex education. Teen pregnancy is connected to all of these debate subjects. Incorrect contraceptive use, and sex education that is lacking are factors that contribute to teen pregnancy numbers. Furthermore, many teens having unwanted pregnancies seek abortions because of the extreme social and economic challenges that face teen mothers in America today.

We here at Online Ultrasound Schools have created the following infographic to show some of the major statistics on teen pregnancy in America, while highlighting of the more significant negative consequences. While teen pregnancy rates have declined over the years, it is still a social and economic problem that needs to be addressed. The first step to reducing teen pregnancy rates, abortions, and the amount of single teen mothers is to recognize the facts.

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A Brief History of Ultrasound

Patients are always commenting to me about how great this “new” technology is that we have to see inside people’s bodies in a non-invasive way. However, what most people do not realize is that Ultrasound has been used for medical imaging purposes since the 1950’s. I suppose as science is concerned, this isn’t a very long amount of time, however the research of how these high frequency sound waves could be used, started way back in the 1700’s. It is interesting to look back and see how one of the most widely used medical imaging modaliltes came about and how it has changed over the decades to become what it is today. Moreover, one can only imagine how ultrasound technology will continue to evolve.

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WAIT! Is Your Ultrasound Program Accredited?

Though I have spoken about school accreditation in previous posts, I would like to dedicate a full post on school accreditation as it pertains to ultrasound programs. Finding the right ultrasound program can be daunting and of course, you want to know that you are receiving the best education possible. So, how do you know if a school’s ultrasound program is accredited?

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5 Ways to Reduce Job Related Stress

With deadlines to meet, keeping the boss happy,and sifting through numerous emails everyday it’s no wonder that the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health reports that 25% of Americans say that work is the number one stressor in their lives. Most would consider feeling stressed just a part of life, however over time stress can take a toll on you both physically and emotionally. Stress can effect you physically causing headaches, chest pain, fatigue, digestive issues, cause sleeplessness, neck and shoulder pain, decrease your immunity to infections, and cause high blood pressure. Stress can effect you emotionally by making you irritable, overly emotional, and making it hard to focus.

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What can you see with Ultrasound?

It is a common misconception that Ultrasound, also known as a Sonogram, is only used during pregnancy to see the unborn child. However, Ultrasound is commonly used to assess many areas and organs of the body in both female and male patients.

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Heart Disease in Women

Did you know that 1 in 4 women die of heart disease? Though heart disease is the number one killer of both men and women, over the last 25 years or so there has been in a decline in the number of heart related deaths in males, however, the number of heart related deaths in females has had little change. According to the Center for Disease Control, heart disease kills more women than any other type of disease including breast cancer.

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How to Make the Most of Your Ultrasound Externship

Starting your ultrasound externship can be both exciting and scary at the same time. This is the time when you get a taste of what it’s like to work in the field and apply what you’ve learned in school to real patients. Your externship will also give you a chance to make connections with professionals in the field that you can potentially use as references for future job opportunities. Your externship acts as the foundation on which to build your career.

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Things You Should Know Before Going to School Online

In recent years, online learning has become much more common. From high school diplomas to doctorate degrees, all can be achieved through online learning. With all of the options online, it makes going to school very convenient for the student. Being able to log-in at your convenience and go to class from the comfort of your own home, or wherever you happen to be, can take a lot of stress out of going to school. Here are some things you should consider if you are thinking of enrolling in an online program:

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Becoming a “Registered” Sonographer

So you’ve completed an ultrasound program and your preceptorship/externship – or perhaps you are still in the process, and by now you’ve been told a million times how important it is to become a “Registered” Sonographer. Now you’re wondering, “Where do I begin?” or “Why do I need to become Registered? Isn’t the certificate/degree I completed enough?”.

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