A sonographer (aka sonography technician) is a medical specialist who operates ultrasound technology in order to capture images of the human anatomy.
These images can then be used to create 3D images and videos which are used to help doctors, nurses and other medical experts understand how the body functions and in the case of a patient helps these specialists identify potential problems or abnormalities the patient may be experiencing.
Aside from the direct positive effects sonography has in the health care field it can also be extremely useful in the classroom by creating 3D programs, sculptures and high-resolution images that students and medical professions can use and examine in order to improve their understanding of the human body from an educational and applicable standpoint.
Sonography works by producing high frequency sound waves that are able to penetrate the body which creates an image map of the anatomical parts being observed.
Those who operate as sonographers must have a good understanding of both the human body and how ultrasound technology works in order to ensure that the images that appear are correct and unaltered, therefore most facilities that hire sonographers are critical about whom they hire and many healthcare facilities require the sonographer to have professional certifications before they think about hiring them.
While sonographers are medical technicians they must be able to understand human anatomy and be able to determine what is being observed and how it should appear in the images they take.
They must also be able to communicate effectively with the doctors, physicians and health care specialists they work with so a basic medical knowledge and understanding of complex medical terminology is necessary in order to perform their job correctly.
Sonography is incredibly important in the healthcare industry and is used in many different situations from detecting the health conditions of an unborn baby during pregnancy to identifying a potential issue with a critically ill patient these technicians are necessary for determining the health of the patients who rely on them.
Here is a list containing several ailments/abnormalities that sonography can detect in order to help doctors and other health care professions make better decisions in how to proceed with a medical situation:
- Physical abnormalities – Sonography allows medical professionals to identify physical abnormalities such as bone fractures and muscular deformities
- Brain abnormalities – Sonography (ultrasound) also allows medical specialists to detect abnormal brain activity, shape, size and functions in order to determine the mental health of a patient.
- Breast cancer and other types of cancer – Sonography is able to detect traces of cancer in the breast and other parts of the body.
- Health condition of unborn baby’s – Sonography or ultrasound can be used to determine the health of an unborn baby.
- Foreign objects in a patient’s body – Sonography can help medical specialists identify foreign objects that may be lodged in a patient’s body.
Without the use of sonography and specially trained sonographer technicians it would be much more difficult for medical professionals to do their job effectively and understand the medical needs of their patients.