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.
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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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Traveler Sonography Series: Right Atrial Thrombus

07/20/11

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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…

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Traveling sonographer series: the use of difinity during Echocardiography exam

07/07/2011

In above video, the sonography update involves the use of difinity contrast while performing cardiovascular exams. On this day, while completing an Echocardiography assignment at a hospital in Hawaii, difinity contrast was used in 2 different echo studies.

In one study, where the patient was quite large, the use of difinity enabled echocardiographer to find a left ventricular thrombus. In second study, where the patient was quite small and had tiny rib spaces with sub-optimal imaging windows of the left and right atria, using difinity and 3-D TEE – found abnormality in left atria. In both of these cases, without the use of difinity, the abnormalities may have gone undiagnosed.

If your facility is not using this method, you might want to mention and discuss possibility with the Echocardiography; sonography and ultrasound supervisors and staff members. The chance of finding cardiac abnormalities are significantly increased with using this method.

Please comment on your thoughts about this method; whether you have used it in performing echo studies and your experience as a cardiac sonographer. Also, share with your colleagues and FaceBook (Twitter, etc..) friends to show them what you see in you career as a sonographer.

Thanks, again, to the Academy of Ultrasound.

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