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

 

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.

Echocardiographers, cardiac sonographers: info on Tetralogy of Fallot

Hello, everyone.  It has been a while since our last post.  However, I wanted to share some information I thought to be interesting.  While completing my weekly reading and research, I came across an interesting article and thought I might share it with our readers;  http://cardiophile.org/2009/09/colour-doppler-echocardiography-in-tetralogy-of-fallot-in-parasternal-long-axis-view/.

 

By all  means, post comments on your opinions of the article.  I believe sharing various experiences in the field of sonography;  with today’s emphasis on echocardiography, can only make a better sonographer.  So, feel free to share your experiences and other material you may find in your research that may be helpful to your colleagues.

 

Have a Great day!

 

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Current Positions Available in: Sonography; Echocardiography, Vascular, and General Ultrasound

08/09/2011

 

Since employment opportunities in ALL industries are hard to come by, even in the best of economic conditions, I am including some of the postings for ultrasound positions I have found while researching other sonography-related topics.  I am providing links to positions across the U.S. in Echocardiography, Vascular, and General Ultrasound.  These are just a few suggestions.  Feel free to add to the list and even post other possibilities that you have encountered; but, may not be the position for you.

I have compiled this information in one place in an attempt to save time for the reader in their job search.  I do hope this information is useful.

1)  Echocardiography Lab; per diem  –  http://www.google.com/url?sa=X&q=http://newjersey.jobing.com/echocardiographer-cardiac-lab-per-diem/job/employment/24047837&ct=ga&cad=CAcQARgBIAEoATAAOABA0Jv78QRIAlgAYgVlbi1VUw&cd=zUH-IFHv2X0&usg=AFQjCNHn-rPIGCh9My18tLq5IlXe4JruBQ

2)  Cardiac Sonographer –     http://www.google.com/url?sa=X&q=http://www.simplyhired.com/job-id/biqxcuyf4g/cardiac-sonographer-jobs/&ct=ga&cad=CAcQARgBIAEoBDAAOABA0Jv78QRIAlgAYgVlbi1VUw&cd=zUH-IFHv2X0&usg=AFQjCNFzJl0JBngMRaWiw3rzcFgbSJcsTA

3)  Diagnostic Medical Sonographer Instructor/Clinical Director – http://www.google.com/url?sa=X&q=http://jobs.studentaffairs.com/listingDetail.asp%3FjobID%3D17084&ct=ga&cad=CAcQARgBIAEoBDAAOABApZz18QRIAlgAYgVlbi1VUw&cd=UGj0UsaKA20&usg=AFQjCNEaoISsuoirQtSrb1rT6Y1ZsbIG3g

4)  Cardiac Sonographer – http://www.google.com/url?sa=X&q=http://jobs.tuftsmedicalcenter.org/boston/sonographer/jobid1629910-cardiac-sonographer-jobs&ct=ga&cad=CAcQARgBIAEoBDAAOABAwO_s8QRIAlgAYgVlbi1VUw&cd=UqZvizo4Ao0&usg=AFQjCNGalFaj-w1n7CIkAnOM79qFDXGyFg

5) Sonographer – http://www.google.com/url?sa=X&q=http://thejobfool.com/jobs/index.cfm/kw/SONOGRAPHER/l/new%2520york%2520city%2520ny/&ct=ga&cad=CAcQARgBIAEoBDAAOABAi-no8QRIAlgAYgVlbi1VUw&cd=0DFQCZqFxSM&usg=AFQjCNHuqYCbariMkcKOmElDDLMzdt9szQ

6)  Cardiac Sonographer; per diem – http://www.google.com/url?sa=X&q=http://www.berkshirejobs.com/public/viewJob.php3%3FEID2%3D24%26JID%3D7976&ct=ga&cad=CAcQARgBIAEoBDAAOABAsuXo8QRIAlgBYgVlbi1VUw&cd=M71TCDDixhY&usg=AFQjCNEELeazoSCgxX4sQ-dsUD6WdKwM8A

7)  Cardiac sonographer; PRN, near Pensacola, FL. – http://www.google.com/url?sa=X&q=http://rgfkg.net.ms/lthzd.html&ct=ga&cad=CAcQARgBIAEoBDAAOABA1Kng8QRIAlgAYgVlbi1VUw&cd=KyqJ6OVfGoo&usg=AFQjCNGLgFodMxQRirj5BXkudPt3oMjeGw

8)  Sonography Jobs; Redondo Beach – http://www.google.com/url?sa=X&q=http://thejobfool.com/jobs/index.cfm/kw/sonographer/l/Redondo%2520Beach,%2520CA/&ct=ga&cad=CAcQARgBIAEoBDAAOABAj4TE8QRIAlgAYgVlbi1VUw&cd=OH0zqwMp_Pk&usg=AFQjCNGW69pih_owsemqDcNrG-4UXe4TEA

9)  Echo-Sonographer for La Crosse in WI – http://www.google.com/url?sa=X&q=http://www.mayo-clinic-jobs.com/job/La-Crosse-Echo-Sonographer-Job-WI-54601/1381912/&ct=ga&cad=CAcQARgBIAEoBDAAOABAqNi18QRIAlgAYgVlbi1VUw&cd=9O227UHaY1k&usg=AFQjCNGABSMMeRpst-c0EVRCH7Et7yKRug

10)  Cardiovascular Sonographer; Portland, OR – http://www.google.com/url?sa=X&q=http://providence-oregonpharmacy.jobs/portland-or/sonographer-cardiovascular/379697/job/&ct=ga&cad=CAcQARgBIAEoBDAAOABAqNi18QRIAlgAYgVlbi1VUw&cd=9O227UHaY1k&usg=AFQjCNFv771Z84k1tvNayExNoMyiJT8K6Q

** You can also go to “indeed.com” and search the job postings for ultrasound, sonography, Echocardiography, Vascular,  and General ultrasound jobs available.

 

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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: 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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