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Ultrasound Training is now including Parties

The newest frontier expansion for using your Ultrasound Training is in the field of an Ultrasound Party.  Talk about pregnancy oversharing.  I recently saw this article and wanted to share it with you.

What it’s about

Todays Mom Website posted this article about a new group of Ultrasound Studies that are quickly growing.  Several companies are getting into this new area of OB/GYN Ultrasound.  The tech comes to your home or location and you , your family and friends can watch a live ultrasound of your baby.  The article is located here, for your review.

http://www.today.com/moms/ultrasound-parties-new-frontier-pregnancy-oversharing-1C7753058

 

 

What do you think about Ultrasound Parties

After reading this article, I want you to ponder the ethical and legal issues that this form of Ultrasound can effect.  Then comment on this and let me know what your thoughts are .  The article mentions some interesting byproducts of using Ultrasound Training and Machines for this type of for-profit activities.

 

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By

John Sheldon RCS RVS

Echocardiography Training gets new Wiki

European Echocardiography Training Association

 

Hello, just got some great news about Echocardiography Training.  We wanted to share this with the Echocardiography and other Ultrasound readers of this blog.

The European Association of Cardiovascular Imaging just created this new Echcardiography Training site.  It is a knowledge based platform in the form of a Wiki Encyclopedia.

They describe Echocardiography Training as:

“Dear Friends of echocardiography, welcome to Wikiecho !

Have you ever searched the internet for reliable answers about echocardiography related questions? With WikiEcho, the European Association of Cardiovascular Imaging (EACVI) is now offering a free, up-to-date and reliable online encyclopaedia for all people interested in echocardiography. A large number of enthusiastic authors have already contributed over the past few months and from December 2012 the website is open to all users. Please help to make WikiEcho grow by participating actively in the discussions and writing your own articles. As in any wiki, contributions and changes will be published immediately, but to reassure you about the quality of the content, WikiEcho has a special feature: articles will be reviewed by an EACVI board of echocardiography experts. Watch out for the EACVI logo which indicates approved articles! We would be glad if WikiEcho becomes your most used and trusted online source in echocardiography.”

What We Found:

We found this to have some great information on Echocardiograms and Echocardiography Training in general.  The hemodynamic section is especially good as are the pictures in the Echocardiogram Transducer positions section.  Also since it is a WIKI you can add to the content!  Think about adding content if you are an expert in the Echocardiography topic.

Their website address is http://www.wikiecho.org

Take a look and see what you think about it.

After you have reviewed the site be sure to comment on this post with your impressions.  This new Echocardiogram site should get plenty of return visits.

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By John Sheldon

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

 

 

 

Cardiovascular (Echocardiography) and Vascular Sonographers: Updated salary and job information as of 2010 data

Cardiovascular exam

We are all affected by today’s unpredictable economy.  This fact makes it a bit difficult for someone to determine what career path to choose or to even change your existing career path.  So, we are now forced to research longer and deeper than we would have before in order to make the best decision when deciding on what we want to do with our life.  There are a few important facts when considering a career path or change which include work environment, salary, and the predicted future of the chosen field.

When considering sonography, you must first decide which modality would be the best “fit” for you.  Let us take a look at two of the modalities.  For example:   Cardiovascular (Echocardiography) and Vascular Sonography.

Cardiovascular, sometimes referred to as “Echocardiography,” is where the technician uses diagnostic imaging to assist the physicians in the diagnoses of cardiac (heart)  ailments in patients.

Vascular sonography is where the technician uses diagnostic imaging to assist the physicians in the diagnoses of peripheral (blood vessel) vascular ailments in patients such as blood clots.

The work environment for both Cardiovascular and Vascular sonographers are similar.  These technicians usually work in a healthcare facility such as a hospital, clinic, and/or a physician’s office.  Now, another possibility is to work for a “mobile” service where the sonographer is employed by the “mobile” company that is contracted by a physician (physician’s office) who schedules regular patient appointments on a certain day(s) during the month, for example.

As of May 2010, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average starting salary for cardiovascular and vascular technicians is around $49,410.00 per year.  This equates to about $23.75/hour.  The job outlook over the next ten years in this field is expected to increase approximately 29%, which is much faster than the average.  Basically, the increase is due to the evolution of technology allowing medical facilities to replace more invasive procedures with less costly ones.

Patient comfort is important during exam.

Even though hosptials are the primary employers of cardiovascular and vascular technicians, it is predicted that employment will grow more rapidly in physicians’ offices as well as in diagnostic laboratories due to the shift toward outpatient care whenever possible.

In summary, it will also be important to make yourself as “marketable” as possible.
In order to ensure your marketability as a potential employee, it makes sense to be as prepared as possible.  In the world of diagnostic medical imaging, this includes – not limited to- being registered in more than one ultrasound modality.  For example, it is becoming more and more familiar to hear that an employer is looking for a “dual” registered candidate.  This may mean holding dual registries such ash General and Vascular, or Echocardiography/Cardiovascular and Vascular, etc.  Some employers will interview a registered candidate witht the requirement being that the person will sit for the other registry within  six months to one year.  This scenario is becoming more and more common.
With the predicted employment of 63,900 technicians by the year 2020 as Cardiovascular and Vascular technicians, it is imperative to be ready.
Contact us at (866) 867-2824 for information on our next online “cross-over” course in Cardiovascular/Echocardiography and Vascular ultrasound.  Our courses begin on the 1st of each month.