Interested in a career as an ultrasound technologist? Ultrasound training is as diverse and in depth as the technologists that undertake it. Generally, to become an ultrasound technologist, training includes some combination of classroom schooling, lab time, and participation in an externship program where you work in a clinic or hospital atmosphere under the tutelage of trained and registered technologists in the allied healthcare field.
An ultrasound technologist can be trained in one of the specialized fields such as abdominal(spleen, gallbladder, kidneys, etc.), small parts (breast, testicle, and thyroid), obstetrical/gynecological(fetus and uterus), vascular(veins and arteries), echocardiography(heart), or all of the above.
A quick internet search will return literally hundreds of institutes willing to take your money and offer you ultrasound training in a certificate or degree program. In order to be sure that your degree is worth all the blood, sweat, and tears that you're going to shed earning it, you should be diligent and picky about the school you choose to attend. Be careful to choose a school with the proper accreditation. An academy that produces the most employable graduates of the highest caliber. After earning your degree, you'll likely want to become registered with the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers (ARDMS) which is an examination which helps to regulate the continuing competency of ultrasound professionals. Only the most thoroughly trained technologists from the better institutes of learning are able to sit for the test and pass it as well.
Technologists that decide to specialize in the heart or find that portion of their training to be challenging might want to give our site a once over. A visit to 123sonography.com will yield to you a plethora of cutting edge and informative materials, including an online game called Echo Click that exercises your eye to pick out different anomalies and disease processes quickly and accurately. You can register online for free and sign up for a periodic email digest that offers tips, tricks, interviews, and interesting activities. With your paid subscription you will have access to an echo atlas that hosts many viewable echo videos some of which have an audio accompaniment for easier understanding. There is a blog where you can keep up with the latest in news and events. Classes are offered in an entirely online format with down loadable fact sheets, video lectures that can be viewed multiple times, and chapter quizzes to test your ready recollection of the chapter objectives. Registered echocardiogaphers will also find classes to satisfy various CME requirements available at very reasonable rates.