Bachelor's degree in sonography or echocardiography
Certificate program in this field
Obtaining a license as a cardiac sonographer.
Cardiac sonographers, also known as echocardiographers, are health care professionals specially trained to use imaging technology to help physicians diagnose heart problems in patients.
They operate ultrasound equipment that provides moving 2-D or 3-D images of the heart and its chambers. This test they perform is called an echocardiogram.
What will you do daily
Performing echocardiogram tests to obtain important data about patients.
Looking at blood flow, valve function, and chamber size to determine the overall condition of the heart.
Assisting physicians in the diagnosis of patients with heart conditions.
Accurately recording patient data and test results
Helping with administrative duties such as scheduling appointments or cleaning equipment
Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
Therapy and Counseling - Knowledge of principles, methods, and procedures for diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of physical and mental dysfunctions, and for career counseling and guidance.
Administration and Management - Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
Communications and Media - Knowledge of media production, communication, and dissemination techniques and methods. This includes alternative ways to inform and entertain via written, oral, and visual media.
Where will you work
Hospitals are the primary employer of cardiac sonographers; however, additional opportunities exist in doctors’ offices, medical clinics, and diagnostic imaging centers. Their work hours may include weekends, evenings, holidays, and on-call coverage.
In the hospital setting, cardiac sonographers work in a fast-paced environment with an unpredictable schedule. Their tasks for the day may drastically change as patient load fluctuates.
In the clinic setting, however, patients often schedule their echocardiograms in advance, allowing the schedule for the day to be more regular.
Cardiac sonography is great for someone who likes to stay active on the job and work with patients, rather than working from behind a desk. From walking with patients to exam rooms, to completing the echocardiogram test, to recording patient results and consulting with physicians, the cardiac sonographer is highly involved with patients and members of their care team.
Ranges from 35,000 to 1,00,000/ month
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