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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 commonplace 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:
Complex Technology Used
Modern ultrasound equipment usually consists of a transducer probe and a computer. The transducer probe is used to emit radio frequencies, which then bounce back to it, which then translates an image to the computer connected to it and is projected on the screen. Additionally, modern advancements have allowed ultrasound technicians to not only take pictures of these ultrasounds, but also conduct 3D ultrasounds that give a vivid account of the fetus. Modern advancements have also made “4D ultrasounds” a reality, which allows for videos of 3D ultrasounds. These impart the viewer with the most lush imaging of a baby previous to being born.
Access to Locating New Diseases
The advent of 3D and 4D imaging is able to take place due to volumetric ultrasounds. There are many diseases that require comprehensive imaging to locate abnormalities. Certain kinds of cancer can be detected through these ultrasounds, namely because they can pick up on pockets of cells that are overly dense or otherwise unusual. These volumetric ultrasounds can also pick up on differences in one’s thyroid nodule, lymph nodes, and even lumps that characterize breast and prostate cancer. One of the particularities concerning breast cancer is the difficulty detecting certain tumors in women with dense breasts when using mammogram equipment. Automated breast ultrasounds are more comprehensive than mammograms, which is how it’s found to be an effective tool for locating this specific type of cancer or abnormality.
As new technologies are implemented and things become increasingly digital, it’s going to allow ultrasound computers and other equipment to become smaller and more portable. This lends itself to open up the avenues available for the technology to have other uses, particularly in such circumstances as for paramedics in emergencies and combat scenarios in which it can be difficult to quickly assess what is wrong.
One of the most notable benefits of ultrasound technology evolving is the more widespread application it has. As a safer alternative to x-rays due to not emitting any radiation, practitioners can administer ultrasounds on a more regular basis, and for longer increments, without having to fear about exposing patients to harmful radiation levels. There are many useful applications of ultrasounds, this just being one of them, and it’s good to know technology is finally being developed that won’t expose individuals to potentially harmful levels of radiation.
The field of ultrasonography is growing rapidly not only in terms of technology, but also in terms of pay. With more “Baby Boomers” becoming concerned with preventative measures, ultrasounds are increasing in popularity greatly, which is expanding the number of jobs available and the pay associated with the positions. Being adept with technology, and this includes smartphones and tablets, can be the factor to set you apart from your peers and open up unique job opportunities. With these factors in mind, there’s never been a better time to get involved in becoming an ultrasound technician and educating yourself on the latest technologies.
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