Ultrasound Knowledge

This section provides essential ultrasound knowledge a future ultrasound technician ought to know about before deciding whether or not to enter this field. Our list of featured articles explains how ultrasound machines work, ultrasound history, different uses of ultrasound, different types of ultrasound imaging, the known risks and benefits of ultrasound, and the future of this technology within the healthcare field.

All in a Word – Sonography or Ultrasound

The discipline of Diagnostic Medical Sonography has its own language. Most of the terms are obvious as to their meaning. However, there are words that are used interchangeably, and they can be quite confusing for people who are researching sonography careers in 2015. Is ultrasonography the same as sonography? Does ultrasound mean the same thing as sonogram? These are the common questions asked by … [Read more...]

Glimpse into Ultrasound’s Interventional Future

Understanding the true nature of a career as a Diagnostic Medical Sonographer in 2015 and beyond means recognizing the uses for ultrasound are rapidly expanding. Now primarily a diagnostic tool, exciting research is giving sonographers a glimpse into the future of ultrasound as a therapeutic or interventional medicine. The National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB) is … [Read more...]

Searching for Ways to Deliver Remote Ultrasound

There is growing excitement in the field of ultrasound technology as researchers aggressively adapt technology to enable the delivery of efficient and effective remote imaging services. They are working on a variety of technologies that include robot-assisted scanning, pocket-size ultrasound devices, and tools for point-of-care ultrasound. The leading edge capabilities are creating new career … [Read more...]

New Point-of-Care Ultrasound Equates to Exciting Careers

Ultrasound equipment technology is rapidly advancing, producing new devices that generate more accurate images. One of the newest developments was the introduction of hand-held ultrasound machines to be used at the point-of-care for patients. The streamlined equipment started new discussions on the role of ultrasound imaging in the transforming healthcare landscape. It is clear that ultrasound … [Read more...]

Sonography Imaging in Disease Analysis

Not so long ago the mention of “ultrasound imaging” usually first brought to mind fascinating pictures of fetuses still in the womb. The people who understood the greater abilities of sonography imaging were usually studying Diagnostic Medical Sonography or working as sonographers. Over the last decade, ultrasound technology has become increasingly sophisticated, leading researchers pursue new … [Read more...]

High Intensity Focused Ultrasound, its Effect on Medicine

High Intensity Focused Ultrasound and Patient

High intensity focused ultrasound is a non-invasive procedure that is similar to focusing the sun on a leaf with a magnifying glass. While the process is not intended to boil an organ, more physicians are seeking out this method to heat up and denature the affected tissues. The procedure can, theoretically, be performed inside an MRI and be closely monitored as an MRI measures the rise and fall of … [Read more...]

The History of Ultrasound

Ultrasund History

If you want to know the history of ultrasound, this is the right place for you. The earliest notions of ultrasound were developed in the late 19th and early 20th centuries in Europe. In particular, the French government during World War I assigned physicist Paul Langevin the task of creating a device capable of detecting underwater enemy submarines using high-frequency sonar. Over the next few … [Read more...]

What is an Ultrasound?

What is an Ultrasound

What is an Ultrasound? Those interested in sonography will benefit from knowing in greater detail how ultrasound works. The term itself refers to sound wave frequencies that are beyond 20,000 hertz, which is considered the upper limit of hearing in humans. Medical sonography is the transmission of high-frequency sound waves into the body and the conversion of the resulting reflections or echoes … [Read more...]

How Does an Ultrasound Machine Work?

Parts of Ultrasound Machines and Workflow

An ultrasound scanner consists of a number of components including a transducer probe, a central processing unit (CPU), a monitor, a keyboard with control knobs, disk storage devices, a printer and so on. The most essential component is the transducer probe. This probe both produces the sound waves used in ultrasound and receives their echoes back. It does so by taking advantage of a scientific … [Read more...]

4 Types of Ultrasound Imaging

Ultrasound Technician Imaging

The twelve major types of ultrasound procedures described in other articles, make use of four kinds of available ultrasound image. The choice of which type of image to use depends on the goals for a particular test, the phenomena being investigated and what equipment is available. 2D Ultrasound The most common and type of ultrasound picture is a series of flat, two-dimensional cross section … [Read more...]