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.

Echocardiographers: help in finding cardiac sonography jobs and other ultrasound jobs

Good morning!  I hope everyone is preparing for Christmas.  For a lot of people, finding a job for the new year is on the top of the Christmas list.  Whether it is in Echocardiography, Vascular, or General ultrasound, the search has begun.  So, as I have mentioned in previous blog posts, I do run across available positions posted all over the United  States.  I like to at least provide the links to these possible job opportunities for our readers and their colleagues.  If there are any positions you are aware of, feel free to post the information.

  1. Cardiac Sonographer II in Medera, CA – http://childrenscentralcal.jobscience.com/JsrApp/index.cfm?cmd=showPositionDetail&coBrandId=50110&masterID=chcca001&accountID=BE034C3E-08A0-D2B2-4693C6D55F2F0BEC&positionId=490489&prodApp=cc153c84-af0b-4f17-a32a-75aec3b65159&bID=1702
  2. Pediatric Sonographer, Pittsburgh – https://upmcjobscp.upmc.com/psc/extapp/EMPLOYEE/EXTRN_APP/c/HRS_HRAM.HRS_CE.GBL?Page=HRS_CE
  3. Echo Tech, Maine – https://www.healthcaresource.com/cmmc/index.cfm?fuseaction=search.jobDetails&template=dsp_job_details.
  4. Echocardiography Sonographer, Illinois – http://jobs.advocatehealth.com/us/suburban-chicago/diagnostic-imaging/jobid1991342-echocardiography-sonogr
  5. Pediatric Echocardiography Technician, Minnesota – https://careers.fairview.org/CSS_External/CSSPage_JobDetail.ASP?T=20111206094123&
  6. Echocardiography Tech, Tennessee – https://vanderbilt.taleo.net/careersection/.vu_cs/jobdetail.ftl?job=19209&src=JB-10200
  7. Echocardiography Tech, Pennsylvania – http://www.wpahs.org/careers/apply?nl=1&jvi=o41PVfwz,Job&jvs=Indeed&jvk=Job
  8. Echocardiography Tech, Massachussetts – https://www.healthcaresource.com/brocktonhospital/index.cfm?fuseaction=search.jobDetails&template=dsp_
  9. Echocardiography Tech and Vascular Tech, South Dakota – http://www.prairielakes.com/employment/index.php?jobid=598&id=13
  10. Ultrasound Tech, Arizona – http://www.applicantstack.com/client/maranahealthcenter/x/detail/a2wclr2cysbl/aacq
  11. Echo-Vascular Tech, Utah – https://jobs.intermountainhealthcare.org/viewjob.html?optlink-view=view-120157&ERFormID=newjoblist&ER
  12. Ultrasound Tech, Long Beach CA –  http://jobs.memorialcare.org/us/torrance/technician_technologist/jobid1491901-ultrasound-technologist-pd?apstr=&source=
  13. Echocardiography Tech, Wisconsin – http://milwaukee.jobing.com/Job_Details2.asp?JobID=3027588
  14. Echocardiographic Technologist, Kingman AZ –  https://www.healthcaresource.com/kingman/index.cfm?fuseaction=search.jobDetails&template=dsp_job_details.cfm&cJobId=573382&source=Indeed.com
  15. Cardiac Sonographer, Atlanta GA – http://www.piedmonthealthcare-jobs.com/job/ATLANTA-Cardiac-Sonographer-(Echo-Technologist)-Job-GA-30301/1517931/

 

 

I will certainly post more as I find them.  Please provide feedback as to whether this is helpful.  I appreciate any input you may offer.

 

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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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Traveler Sonography Series: Endocarditis; results of echocardiography study

08/05/11

 

Endocarditis

Good afternoon to all of you sonographers; Echocardiographers, General ultrasound technicians, Vascular technicians, and/or our valued blog followers who are interested in various case studies. 

Today’s study involves a patient who has been in hospital for a while and has had to be incubated.  A couple of weeks ago, an echocardiogram was performed that resulted in no unusual findings.   However, new study was completed that detected a large growth.  Listen to the video for the details. 

 

Feel free to express and share your thoughts and experiences.  Again, thanks to the Academy of Ultrasound AND THANK YOU for following our blog.  We appreciate and look forward to your input into the discussion.   If there are specific topics/studies that you would like to discuss or receive more information on, again, do not hesitate to request.  We have many resources and would welcome the opportunity to share with you.

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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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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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Ultrasound Specialties and Modalities (part 2 in series of 3 posts)

As promised in previous post, this is the SECOND in the series of THREE posts regarding ultrasound specialites and modalities. The first area discussed was General Ultrasound which requires sonographer to produce images ranging from small body organs located in abdominal cavity (liver, kidneys, pancreas, etc.) to OB/GYN related images of breast and reproductive system. The next area of specialization pertains to the heart and is called Echocardography.

Echocardiography pertains to the assessment of the structure and function of the heart and its blood vessels via specialized ultrasound equipment. An Echo provides information necessary to rate the efficiency of blood flow throught the cardiovascular system. It is a know fact that Echocardiography is replacing older radiological studies due to being safer, more accurate and more cost-effective. Echocardiography is also referred to as “Cardiac Sonography.” Both terms are correct. The biggest advantage to echocardiography is that it is noninvasive; meaning, there is no breaking of the skin or entering the body. Also, there are no know risks or side effects associated with this procedure.

So, what does the Echocardiographer do? The Echo Tech, or Cardiac Sonographer, performs the imaging procedures on the patient. The technicians produce images with the use of Doppler signals and spectral tracings of the heart. Not only does the technician work closely with the patient, but also with physicians to conclude accurate diagnoses.

The different types of Echocardiograms are:

  1. Transthoracic echocardiogram – (TTE) is a standard echocardiogram. The transducer is placed on patient’s chest where images are taken through the chest wall. This produces an efficient assessment of the overall health of the heart. This is a NON-invasive procedure.
  2. Transesophageal echocardiogram – (TEE) is an alternate process of performing an echocardiogram. This procedure involves use of a specialized probe that posseses an ultrasound transducer at its tip. The probe is passed into the patient’s esophagus which allows imaging and Doppler evaluation.
  3. 3-dimensional echocardiography – is now available. This procedure uses an array of transducers which enables specific and detailed anatomical assessment of cardiac pathology; especially, valvular defects and cardiomyopathies.
TEE - how it is performed

Career opportunities for cardiac sonographers are expected to grow faster than average through the year 2010 with total growth estimated at 26% by the year 2016. Growth is largely due to the increase in the aging population and the fact that the elderly have a higher incidence of cardiovascular diseases.

Licensing and Certification is available through two agencies: American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS) or Cardiovascular Credentialing International (CCI).

ARDMS offers credentials in :

1) Registered Diagnostic Cardiac Sonographer (RDCS)

2) Registered Vascular Technologist (RVT)

CCI offers credentials in:

1) Certified Cardiographic Technician (CCT),

2) Registered Cardiac Sonographer (RCS), and

3) Registered Vascular Specialist (RVS), and

4) Registered Cardiovascular Invasive Specialist (RCIS)

For some people, the thought of going back to school OR pursuing additional education is just NOT convenient for their busy schedules. Now, it is conveniently offered online where the student may access at THEIR leisure to complete ALL didactic work. Also, at the Academy of Ultrasound, “hands-on” scan labs are available without having to travel. So, unlike inconvenient methods of seeking career training at a “brick-and-mortar” style institution, students are able to access courses when THEIR schedule allows without the headaches of traveling through traffic, fighting for a parking spot, and feeling the affects – in the purse – of higher gas prices!!!

Ultrasound training is attainable at YOUR convenience. Remember, the future is in YOUR hands!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

(Please view our previous posts such as “The Truth: Accredited v. Non-accredited” )

www.academyofultrasound.com  For information regarding online ultrasound program, email: info@academyofultrasound.com