Without Echocardiography Training test your mortality.
Today I came across an interesting article that deals with mortality predictors based on musculo-skeletal fitness. I realize this information doesn’t fit our usual postings of Echocardiography Training and Ultrasound in general, but I found it interesting and so might you.
What they said:
Ability to sit and rise from the floor is closely correlated with all-cause mortality risk
Test of musculo-skeletal fitness is ‘strong predictor’ of mortality in the middle-aged and older
“If a middle-aged or older man or woman can sit and rise from the floor using just one hand – or even better without the help of a hand – they are not only in the higher quartile of musculo-skeletal fitness but their survival prognosis is probably better than that of those unable to do so.”
I was surprised:
I actually watched the video accompanying the story and tried the test for myself. After taking some Aleve and practicing, I was able to complete the test only using one support. Just kidding, but this actually is a little more complicated than I would have thought. I received a score of 4 with isn’t bad but not the best.
Take a look at this article and watch the video. I think everyone should try this. Very easy test, you can complete yourself at home.
Just a quick thought today about healthcare in general and Ultrasound’s and Sonography’s future in specific. This will effect all modalities including Echocardiography (Cardiac Ultrasound), Vascular Sonography and General (OB/GYN) Ultrasound.
As many of you are already aware the Obamacare law has slashed the reimbursements for Echocardiography,Vascular Ultrasound, and General Ultrasound. This has had, in my opinion, a great influence on the number of Echocardiographers, Vascular Techs and Ultrasound Techs being hired. Many facilities have gone to PRN sonographers in leu of full time positions. Thus the final symposis is their are very few jobs being offered right now, at a time when graduate numbers are increasing. Also added to this is that when fully implemented, Obamacare, will greatly increase the number of patients requiring Echo, Vascular, and Ultrasound studies. So while lowering reimbursements, causing fewer techs, raising the number of studies requested. Sound like a formula for wait lists, shortages, etc? We at the Academy are already noticing many imaging centers and Dr. offices no longer offering inhouse studies. (More Echo, Vascular, and Ultrasound techs without employment) This will greatly influence Echocardiography Trainingand Vascular Trainingand Ultrasound Training. It is more important than ever to attend a program that has passing the ARDMS or CCI registry as part of their curriculum.
So back to the thought for today. I came across this article dealing with the future of Healthcare after the Election. It discusses both alternatives, considering the election outcome.
A short excerpt:
“the future of ObamaCare is at stake in next week’s elections. If President Obama wins and Democrats hold the Senate, the Affordable Care Act will survive. If Mitt Romney wins and Republicans take the Senate, the law is dead. It is the starkest of differences”
No matter how your political views swing, I feel that the Healthcare law and its future will have a dramatic impact of the future of Echocardiography, Vascular and General Ultrasound jobs going forward.
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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.
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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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.
Since starting the Echocardiography program at the Academy of Ultrasound, LLC, we are constantly looking for new and improved reference materials. The hope is to better explain, to our students and patients, what we as sonographers do and what the ultrasound test is.
One of the spots we frequent is the Family Practice Notebook (www.fpnotebook.com). Recently we found a new outline formatted description of an Echocardiogram. Its a great synopsis, complete with references to common terms and images.
Below is their description. Review it and leave any comments you might have. We feel it will help with your understanding of the basic Echocardiography exam.
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Today I was searching the web for interesting topics in the field of Echocardiography and Ultrasound in general. This process started me thinking; We speak about echocardiograms and other Ultrasound studies all the time, but do our readers always know what the exams are?
One of the articles I found, does a pretty good job of explaining exactly what an Echocardiogram is. I have decided to share this with my readers.
Here is an excerpt from the article:
What is an echocardiogram?
An echocardiogram is a non-invasive diagnostic test performed to evaluate the heart’s function. While the echocardiogram is being done, both you and your doctor will be able to watch your heart, as it beats, on a small monitor. It is often performed on pediatric cardiac patients.
What kinds of things can an echocardiogram find?
An echocardiogram is able to monitor the performance of the valves. It can help to diagnose structural abnormalities in the heart wall, valves, and blood vessels. It can detect tumors, clots or pericardial effusions (abnormal fluid collection around the heart). It is sometimes used after a heart attack to evaluate the cardiac wall motion and function. The most frequent use of an echocardiogram is for diagnosing or monitoring congenital heart disease, cardiomyopathies or aneurysms.
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.
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.