Virtual Echocardiography Training

Vita Echo Echocardiography Virtual TrainingJust announced last night is a new breakthrough in the world of Ultrasound, specifically Echocardiography Training.

As you know the Academy of Ultrasound, LLC, has an established Echocardiography program offering online training for new Echo Techs.  One of the greatest challenges is providing online students with practice and visual aids, on the performance of the actual Echocardiogram.  The distance format makes this an even greater concern.  To date, the Academy of Ultrasound, LLC is offering visual aids in the form of pictures, videos of Echocardiograms both performed and being performed.  This has been the standard, in Online Echocardiography training since its start.

Now the good news.  A company named Vita Systems has created a Virtual Echocardiography Training software to solve these concerns.  This product, dubbed VitaEcho was announced on 10/24/12 at a conference in Miami, Fl.  They describe the product as,

“a software platform designed to teach the mechanics of echocardiography, before a practitioner ever encounters a live patient”

The official description is,

“The VidaEcho system features a simulated 3D anatomy of the heart, and the corresponding echo image.  By moving a virtual echo probe handle with a mouse, users learn how the device will interact with cardiac anatomy.  The application features an intuitive user interface and highly realistic depictions of the heart’s anatomy and ultrasound, with both transesophageal (TEE) and transthoracic (TTE) modes available.  The system offers preset views but can also be customized.  Features also include the ability to overlay the echo image onto the 3D anatomy, so that the practitioner can internalize the translation of 3D anatomy to 2D images, a common hurdle for mastering echocardiography learning.”

So now we are beginning to get training products that can help Online Echocardiography Training programs to give thier students a visual and hands on way of developing hands on skills and begin to visualize the cardiac anatomy in 3D.  This will help immensely in the Echo Students comfort before they begin the clinical portion of their Echocardiography Training.

Although the announcement of the VitaEcho system has happened, the product hasn’t become officially available just yet.  Since this product is in the cloud, and software based, we at the Academy of Ultrasound, LLC are hoping the pricing will allow us to take advantage of this breakthrough in Online Echocardiography Training.  Check back and we will continue to update this story as Vita Echo becomes available for use.

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By John Sheldon

 

 

 

Sonographer: 2nd Best Paying Job in the Future

Diagnostic Medical SonographyGreat News for Sonography!

24/7 Wall St just released a report that reviews and ranks the 10 Best paying jobs of the Future. 

Sonography made #2 on the list. 

They reviewed many criteria, including growth, salary and requirments for the jobs.  As expected jobs in the medical field topped the list.  The most interested part of the medical jobs was the following:

“Because most of these positions are in the medical field, many require at least a master’s degree, and in many cases a doctoral degree. However, four have less demanding educational requirements, including the three that are growing the most. A career as a sonographer, projected to grow 43.5% with a median salary of $64,380, typically just requires an associate’s degree”Sonography includes many different specialities under the heading of Diagnostic Medical Sonographer.  Some of them include Echocardiography (Cardiac Ultrasound), Vascular Sonography, Abdominal Sonography, OB/GYN Sonography, and others.
 
Here is the excerpt of their review on Sonography: 

2. Diagnostic Medical Sonographers
> Pct. increase:
43.5%
> Total new jobs (2010-2020): 23,400
> Median income: $64,380
> States with the most jobs per capita: Rhode Island, Florida, South Dakota

Diagnostic medical sonographers work in hospitals and other facilities, conducting ultrasounds on patients and analyzing the resulting images. The BLS projects an increase of 43.5% in the number of positions between 2010 and 2020, which would raise the total number of such jobs to 77,100. Explaining the driving factors behind the growth, the BLS states that “as ultrasound technology evolves, it will be used as a substitute for procedures that are costly, invasive or expose patients to radiation.” Sonographers typically need an associate’s degree, and many employers prefer candidates to have professional certification. The top 10% of sonographers made more than $88,490 annually.

Read more: The Best Paying Jobs of the Future – 24/7 Wall St. http://247wallst.com/2012/08/30/the-best-paying-jobs-of-the-future-2/#ixzz28zjtSZpL

 
As this report points out Sonography remains as one of the top fields to pursue.  Especially given that it can be accomplished with under 2 years of higher education.  The salary ranges reported are still in the higher level of jobs with and associate degree or less. 
 
If you are thinking about Sonography, check out The Academy of Ultrasound, LLC.  They offer their Sonography programs in 18 months including passing the national registry.  Which by the way, is generally a requirement for immediate employment.
 
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Echocardiography used as Henry Doorly Zoo gorillas screened for heart disease

Gorilla Echocardiography

I was browsing ultrasound articles this morning and came across an interesting piece.

Apparently gorillas in captivity suffer from Heart Disease, as one of the major killers.  This is surprising since they don’t engage in any of the destructive behaviors that are thought to be contributors to human heart disease.

With the increasing use and image quality of portable echocardiography machines, Drs are not able to perform ultrasounds on the gorillas while awake.  This is amazing, the gorillas are trained to allow the echocardiogram to be performed while the stay calm and relaxed.  Wish we could train some of our ultrasound patients to do the same.

Just shows us that the future of Ultrasound and Echocardiography is always expanding into uncharted territory.  Check out the full story at the link below.

Henry Doorly Zoo gorillas screened for heart disease – Omaha.com.

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Good luck with your future scanning.

By John Sheldon