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Diagnostic Medical Sonography: A Sound Wave Away From Diagnosis

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Diagnostic medical sonography is a profession where sonographers direct high-frequency sound waves into a patient’s body through the use of specific equipment to diagnose or monitor a patient’s medical condition. As described by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, this examination is referred to as an ultrasound, sonogram, or echocardiogram. The high-frequency sound waves emitted from the handheld device, called a transducer, bounce back creating an echo and therefore produce an image that can be viewed on the sonographers computer screen. This image provides the sonographer and physician with an internal image of the patient’s body that will be used in the diagnosis. The most familiar use of ultrasound is used in monitoring pregnancies and is provided by obstetric and gynecologic sonographers, who also provide imaging of the female reproductive system. Other types of sonography include; abdominal sonography, breast sonography, musculoskeletal sonography, neurosonography and cardiovascular sonography. Due to the vast nature of uses in sonography, most professionals study one field that they choose to specialize in. Diagnostic medical sonography is a rapidly growing field because of the increase in medical advances. The area of Cleveland, Ohio has continued to rise in the medical field with great strides, providing better career prospects with the availability of numerous employment positions.
According to the United States Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, the career outlook for a diagnostic medical sonographer is expected to increase by as much as forty-four percent by the year 2020. Approximately 53,700 sonographers were employed in 2010, with an expectancy of an additional 23,400 by 2020. Information obtained on the website for the Ohio Department of Jobs and Services indicates an expected 15.7 percent increase in Ohio employment opportunities within the years 2008 through 2018. This averages to roughly 75 job openings annually in Ohio, for sonographers. It appears that the field is growing at a rapid pace and that the career outlook is favoring well.
While this is true that the field is growing, the opportunity to find employment as a diagnostic medical sonographer is not always easily found. In referencing the Riley Guide online, the best employment opportunities in the diagnostic medical sonography field for 2008 were found in Sebastian (Florida), Jackson (Tennessee), and Florence (Alabama), and the fewest jobs were found in Salinas (California), Reno (Nevada), and Las Vegas (Nevada). Although sonography is beneficial to people of all ages, it is believed that areas with higher concentrations of elderly residents provide the most opportunities for employment. Relocation may be required for sonographers who live in a geographical region without as much opportunity for locating employment. Through a personal interview with Wilma Barniak RT(R)(CV)(M)(CT)(MR), she revealed that it is currently difficult for nuclear...

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