October is Medical Ultrasound Awareness Month, and Rooks County Health Center (RCH) is proud of the role Diagnostic Medical Sonographers play in providing this advanced medical imaging technology to area patients.
Ultrasound is a type of medical imaging that uses high-frequency sound waves to look inside the body. The technology was discovered in the 1820s and first used in modern medicine in 1942. Healthcare providers use ultrasound to view images of the beating heart, fetal growth, tendons, muscles, blood vessels and organs. Highly trained and certified sonographers, also called ultrasound technologists, do the very technical and detailed work to support improved patient care and outcomes.
Once the size of kitchen refrigerators, ultrasound systems are now much smaller and can be easily moved. Because of their portability, ultrasound systems are often the exam of choice when there is a need to diagnose a patient with a physical disability or when a rapid finding is needed in the emergency room. There are several areas of specialization in the ultrasound field including Abdomen, Breast, Ob/Gyn, Cardiac, Vascular, Neurosonology and Musculo/ Skeletal.
To obtain certification in the use of this technology the sonographers must pass a series of rigorous examinations that test their knowledge and practical skills, which take years of training and experience to acquire. RCH is very fortunate to have two full time sonographers that are registered in four of the listed specialties above. RCH sonographers Ashley Green and Lacey Dreiling are crucial to this aspect of the RCH Radiology Department.
The Medical Ultrasound Awareness Month is a joint effort of the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine , American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography, American Society of Echocardiography, Cardiovascular Credentialing International, Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonography, and Society for Vascular Ultrasound.
The theme for this year’s recognition effort is “Image is Everything: We Know What You’re Made Of”.