New Sonography Series on Interesting Ultrasound Case Studies: Echocardiography, Vascular, and General Ultrasound

Good afternoon to all of you!  As a follower of our SoundWaves ultrasound blog, you are already aware that we have recently started a songraphy series.  This series includes video information on interesting, as well as unusual, case studies experienced by our sonographers in echocardiography, vascular and general ultrasound.  These are submitted while completing travel assignments across the United States.  This is a helpful teaching tool for students and veteran techinicians in the ultrasound field.

We would like for YOU to share your interesting and unusual case studies with us and our followers.  These experiences can be in any of the ultrasound modalities: Echocardiography/Cardiac, Vascular, or General sonography.  Also, your submission can be in written form and/or video.  However, if video, we ask that the maximum length not exceed 5 minutes.  Please incude details of case study scenario; but, of course, do NOT use any names.  We want to share these studies on the Academy of Ultrasound’s facebook page and our blog.

Again, thank you for your support and following.

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Traveler Sonography Series: Echocardiography exam showing Takotsubu Syndrome Cardiomyopathy

07/28/2011

 

 http://youtu.be/93bSSADRzhI

Takotsubu Cardiomyopathy

I am still in Honolulu, HI completing a travel assignment as an Echocardiographer/Cardiac Sonographer.  Today, I had a case study involving Takotsubu Syndrome in a patient.  It is very interesting to see a patient go from 25% EF to 65% EF.  Take a listen to the video, link provided above.  If any of you other sonographers – Echo Techs-  have any additional comments about your experience with this syndrome, please feel free to share.

I will be posting video of the findings within a few days. 

Thanks to the Academy of Ultrasound. www.academyofultrasound.com

 

 

Traveler Sonography Series: Right Atrial Thrombus

07/20/11

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 http://youtu.be/FeABFQk5BHE

Welcome to today’s sonography update involving a right atrial thrombus found as result of an echocardiography exam. The patient had no cardiac symptoms; however, the cardiologist wanted to perform an Echo exam before patient was released from hospital. Echo looked somewhat normal with the exception of EF in the 18% range. Also, found a “strawberry-shaped” floating object in the right atrium that measured 3 x 2 cm. A subsequent TEE and surgical removal confirmed it was a thrombus in the right atrium. Later, patient informed echocardiographer that he had undergone a previous Echo exam about six months prior resulting in an EF in the 45% range.

So, listen to the video for details of the echocardiographic findings. My professional suggestion from this experience is for all diagnostic medical sonographers, especially Echo/Cardiovascular technicians, to make sure you follow standard protocol to ensure and decrease the prospect of missing some cardiac defect.

Again, Thanks to the Academy of Ultrasound and to all of you who follow this sonography series. As always, feel free to comment and share with collegues via FaceBook, Twitter, and other social media you may use. Also, if there are any questions you may want to ask or information to add; please, feel free to do so.

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Traveler Sonography series: Aortic Valve Replacement

Good afternoon to all of you diagnostic medical sonographers, mostly Echocardiographers, and others interested in Echocardiography case studies. Today’s Echo study I would like to share is concerning a 43-year-old patient who has severe A.I. and has been monitored by his cardiologist since he was in his 20’s. Recenty, he as undergone elective Aortic Valve replacement surgery per the advise of his doctor. Patient is recovering; however, he is experiencing with E.F dropping. Take a look at the video for more information.

Thanks to the Academy of Ultrasound. As always, feel free to comment and share this post/blog with others on FaceBook, Twitter and other social medial outlets.

Thank YOU for your continued interest in our blog.

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Traveling sonographer series: Echocardiography and TEE findings; Left Atrial Ridge

07/09/2011

THIS VIDEO IS A MUST SEE.
This sonography update involves a patient complaining of shortness of breath upon exertion. A routine echo was performed with normal results. However, cardiologist and surgeon still wanted a TEE. Result of TEE was a left atrial ridge, which is a normal variant of heart anatomy. It was determined by surgeon to proceed with surgery.

After listening to the Echocardiography video update, you will understand the importance of the sonographer to know and interpret findings. Sometimes the cardiovascular technician is a better interpreter of findings due to their knowledge of the structures in the heart and their images performed on a daily basis versus a surgeon whose expertise is surgery.

Please, feel free to share your thoughts and opinions on this video as it is quite rare to experience this situation during your career as a cardiac sonographer. Share with your collegues in the Echocardiographic profession via FaceBook, Twitter, etc…

Thanks to the Academy of Ultrasound.
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Traveling sonographer series: the use of difinity during Echocardiography exam

07/07/2011

In above video, the sonography update involves the use of difinity contrast while performing cardiovascular exams. On this day, while completing an Echocardiography assignment at a hospital in Hawaii, difinity contrast was used in 2 different echo studies.

In one study, where the patient was quite large, the use of difinity enabled echocardiographer to find a left ventricular thrombus. In second study, where the patient was quite small and had tiny rib spaces with sub-optimal imaging windows of the left and right atria, using difinity and 3-D TEE – found abnormality in left atria. In both of these cases, without the use of difinity, the abnormalities may have gone undiagnosed.

If your facility is not using this method, you might want to mention and discuss possibility with the Echocardiography; sonography and ultrasound supervisors and staff members. The chance of finding cardiac abnormalities are significantly increased with using this method.

Please comment on your thoughts about this method; whether you have used it in performing echo studies and your experience as a cardiac sonographer. Also, share with your colleagues and FaceBook (Twitter, etc..) friends to show them what you see in you career as a sonographer.

Thanks, again, to the Academy of Ultrasound.

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Traveling Sonographer series: Echovascular findings; quadra cuspid aortic valve and case with dialated coronary sinus

07/02/2011

Quadra cuspid aortic valve and dilated coronary sinus case

The above video discusses findings while at Queens Hospital in Honolulu, HI involving a quadra cuspid aortic valve while performing an Echocardiography exam. In the same day, there was a patient with a dialated coronary sinus in which a bubble study was performed.

It is amazing that the technological advances in ultrasound; sonography, allow echocardiographers and other sonographers to find life-threatening situations – such as cardiovascular diseases- before it is too late.

Waiting on echocardiography studies to become available in order to post for you.

As usual, feel free to comment and share on FaceBook, twitter, and other social media.

Thanks, again, to the Academy of Ultrasound.

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Traveling Sonographer Series: thoughts on using iE33 Matrix Echocardiography System

07/01/2011

iE33 Echo system

Good afternoon to all sonographers and everyone interested in ultrasound industry.  I am trying out a new series that includes various situations during a traveling sonographer’s assignment.  There will be posts on cardiovascular and vascular studies as well as other diagnostic imaging information.   I may, also, occasionally comment on the protocol in the Echo lab that is expected to be followed by all echocardiographers and ultrasound technicians.

In the video, link above, the discussion is about using the iE33 Matrix Echocardiography system in performing Echocardiography and Vascular exams.

I look forward to sharing the most exciting Cardiac sonography  studies with you.

Feel free to add comments and share videos with any and everyone via social media, email, etc.

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Sonographer salary update

It is no secret that the demand for employment in the allied health field has increased over the past few years and it is predicted that the increase will continue through, at least, 2016. This is great news for Ultrasound sonographers whether your modality is Echocardiography/Cardiac, Vascular, or General ultrasound.

Starting salaries will vary depending on location, environment, and training or skill level of potential employee. However, it has been reported, as recently as last month, that the salary for an ultrasound technician can be as high as $65,000.00 per year after only one year of experience; the hourly wage can be between $15.00 – $23.00. Naturally, to earn this salary, you must be registered. Hence, the more training received, the more marketable you are. So, if you have the opportunity to receive cross-training into an additional specialy while in school or practicing, go for it!!!

There are a few training options if considering ultrasound as a career. Training can be obtained by attending a traditional “brick-and-mortar” institution OR, now, you can enjoy the convenience of not having to deal with traffic or fight for a parking space. In addition, you can hold a fulltime job while completing training.

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