Sonography is a clinical procedure that utilizes high-tech equipment to create images of the body’s internal organs, using sound waves. This is also called ultrasound, and can be used to view the reproductive system, the heart and blood vessels, the brain and spinal cord, the eyes, and any of the body’s other systems in order to identify and diagnose internal conditions that the doctor cannot assess from the outside. A sonographer is responsible for doing accurate “scans,” and must undergo very specialized training in order to learn how to operate the scanning equipment, identify internal organs, and communicate with both patients and doctors. In addition to the training it takes to become a sonographer, sonographers are also required to complete ongoing training to maintain their registrations, and also to advance their careers. Here is a rundown of the continuing education opportunities for sonographers:
Credentialing organizations. The American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDM) is responsible for providing registration credentials (Registered Diagnostic Medical Sonographer, or RDMS) to sonographers who successfully pass their registration examinations. The ARDM also provides continuing education programs so that those holding the RDMS credential can renew their registration.
Specializations. It is possible for sonogrophers to register in different specializations in order to increase their salaries and job opportunities. The RMDS credential can be obtained through the ARDM for breast, abdomen, and nervous system specialty areas. The American Registry of Radiologist Technologists (ARRT) credentials those who want to go into vascular and/or breast specialization. Additionally, Cardiovascular Credentialing International offers credentials for specializing in cardiology sonography.
Career advancement. Sonographers who would like to broaden their career horizons can also further their educations in order to pursue opportunities as administrators, educators, researchers, sales professionals, technical advisors, and more. To merge a career in sonography with a career in a new field requires specialized training in that field. For example, a sonographer who wants to pursue a career in medical administration will have to return to an institution of higher education to receive the appropriate training in administration.
As you can see, there are many opportunities to advance your career and keep your credentials current with continuing education. That is just one of the many reasons why pursuing a career as a sonographer is such a smart idea. When you go into the field of sonography, you can rest assured that your options will only be limited by your interest, and your willingness to work hard.
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