Since World War II, when ultrasound was first developed to locate underwater objects, the use of high frequency soundwaves to locate and define organs within the body has been an increasingly important tool in the field of diagnostic imaging. Sonographers, also called ultrasound technologists, are highly-skilled professionals who operate sophisticated equipment to create diagnostic images of many areas of the body. The many advantages of ultrasound imaging include the ability to record and observe the dynamic nature of certain areas of the body such as blood flow, heart motion, and fetal activity. Another benefit is the ease and safety of diagnostic sonography exams, which are conducted without the use of ionizing radiation and often require little or no patient preparation or discomfort.
The expanding field of ultrasound applications has seen a continued need for qualified individuals to provide these safe and accurate diagnostic exams. Students in this program will be training in a highly regarded medical imagining modality and making a sound investment in their future.
Qualified ultrasound technologists employ their knowledge to provide medical imaging services at hospitals, physicians' offices, imaging centers, and mobile US imaging companies for the purpose of diagnosis and treatment of diseases.
US technologists can serve in other capacities such as:
- Departmental managers
- Technical advisors and application specialists
- Sales and service for manufacturers
Employment for sonographer’s is expected to increase by about 44% through 2020. As the population ages, more sophisticated medical care is needed to meet their needs. Hospitals will remain the principal employer. Employment in offices, outpatient imaging centers, and mobile companies will rise. Replacements for retiring professionals will rise.