Ultrasound bits from an ultrasound tech

Well I started this blog as a suggestion from my brother. I enjoy writing and he thought it would be great information to blog about what I do for a living. To let people know who are looking into or curious about what the ultrasound world perspective is from the tech view. I am a registered Vascular Technician with years of experience as a cardiac sonographer also. I have a fairly broad spectrum of responsibilities and am able to perform a variety of exams. I enjoy what I do and after years of experience I am confident in the studies I perform. This career is great for the fact that you can work either in a private practice or hospital setting. I prefer the private practice sector as you don’t have call and have weekends off. Sonography is a growing, wonderful technological job that assists physicians in making critical judgements and medical diagnostic decisions about ones health. It’s personally rewarding for me when the studies I do coincide with other diagnostic studies and the two are similar. I would say the technical component is the most critical and important part of what I do! Learning how to correctly tune the machine to make the images the best they can be is truly something you master with time. Knowing anatomy and the variations of it are another huge important part of what I do. You cannot correctly identify what you are looking at if you don’t know it. I now know why the two quarters of ultrasound physics we had to take in school were necessary. Understanding physically how the ultrasound machine works is crucial. The electronics on the inside of the machine are the brain if you will and the ultrasound probes are the body. If you don’t understand how the brain works you can’t understand the body functions. Another crucial part of ultrasound imaging is correct labeling. That could mean the difference between a medicine change or surgery for a patient. Correctly and completely labeling the images so the reading physician understands what he is looking at is absolute. Patient body habitus is the most difficult part of my job. The larger the parts we are imaging the more degraded the images are. Many factors affect the image quality but size is one we as the tech cannot control. This is where utilizing the ultrasound machine is critical. Knowing your knobs and how to fine tune can make a fair image almost good. Patient positioning is another huge help in ultrasound Imaging. Bed positions and learning helpful ways to lay a patient for ultimate imaging ease and correct ergonomics is very helpful. I think learning little tricks of the trade from an experienced tech is the best helpful advice I can recommend to a
new sonographer.

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Reading insane posts before coffee, BIG MISTAKE!

I had to post a recommendation for you’re own blood pressure care. Do not scroll and read insane posts BEFORE you have your morning coffee!!! It’s not fair to your blood pressure, heart rate or your brain for that matter if you upset the balance of all three before you have that lovely morning cup of coffee and get all aligned for the day. Not fair, don’t recommend it. I did it first thing and now I’m all a mess and still haven’t had my coffee! People post the craziest stuff and though it helps me realize my sanity is better than I thought I still should have had my coffee first. It upset my foundation for the day, darn it. Well, ok let’s crawl back in bed and see if I can get up, have that coffee ( which is my favorite part of my day) and THEN read all the crazy stuff people post like suing Facebook because someone posted an unflattering picture of them when they were 7! Honestly!