Fun Facts About Being a Ultrasound Technician

Most people, when they hear that I am an ultrasound technician, think about babies and pregnant women right away. And it’s true that many ultrasound technicians spend most of their careers working with women who are pregnant or are trying to become pregnant. However, we have an important role in many other parts of medicine as well, and it is not unusual to see an Ultrasound Technician who has never worked around pregnant women since they were still in school.

1) An Ultrasound Technician can make a pretty decent salary. We help a lot of people, and our paychecks usually reflect that. Depending on many different factors, someone working full-time in this field, with the appropriate education and licensing could expect to make 45,000-75,000 dollars a year.

2) You would be hard-put to walk through a hospital and not be on a floor or in a department that we aren’t in. There is usually at least one of us in the Emergency Room, OB/GYN, Neurology, Ophthalmology, and Vascular Medicine. Some hospitals have an Ultrasound Technician on call, so he or she might be rotated to different departments on every shift they work. We’re even found in some dentist’s offices!

3) In many states, you can choose to pend as little as one year in school to start your career. You can also spend two years in school to earn an Associate’s degree or four years to earn a Bachelor’s degree. In general, the more longer you spend in college, the better your job opportunities and the higher your salary will be.

4) The Bureau of Vital Statistics has published information stating that there were more than 51,000 of us in this profession in 2009.

5) By the year 2018, they also estimate that there could be as many as 18% more of us in this field than there were in 2009. That’s a pretty good chance for job stability!

6) The advances that have occurred in medical care over the past several decades have allowed people to live longer, and for many illnesses to be diagnosed before they become deadly. That means that, as most people in the medical field do, we are often responsible for helping save lives through early detection. THAT’S why it’s so important that every Ultrasound Technician be adequately trained.

7) Although a few people have expressed some concern regarding the safety of ultrasounds, it has been proven repeatedly that they are very safe. As a result of that, and because an ultrasound technician should not expect to come into regular contact with body fluids, a practicing Ultrasound Technician may have one of the safest jobs in the medical field.

8) Depending on where you work, state laws that apply in your area, and your employer’s preferences, you may be required by at least one certification board. Having dual certifications, if allowed in your state, could make you particularly attractive to future employers. The American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS) and the Association of Registered Diagnostic Medical Sonographers (RDMS) are the two groups that make sure people who go into this field know what they are doing. A certification from either or both of these have the potential to help you make or break your career.

9)We should be good in math and science. Why we need to be good in science is probably somewhat self-explanatory, since it’s in the medical field. We need to be good in math because we may be responsible for doing some of the computations that result in diagnoses.

10)Although schools can always decide to change, remove, or add on programs, in 2006 there were a grand total of 147 schools that offered a program for being an Ultrasound Technician in the United States. That means that there could be a waiting list for the program at the school nearest you, so if you want to sign up, do so as early as possible. We’ve probably all heard the joke about the first person on the waiting list on the fourth day of school…he’s the first person in the class for the next semester.

This is a solid career that allows us to have the ability to interact with patients on a regular basis and allows us to earn a good living at the same time. Most people in this field have reported a lot of job satisfaction.

Fun Facts about Radiology Technician

A lot of people don’t seem to know that being a Radiology Technician can actually be a fun job. Obviously, it’s a very important job, with a heavy emphasis on patient contact.

1) Even though it is our job to administer certain tests, like MRI’s, x-rays, and mammograms, we  will very rarely ( if ever) be the one to make the formal diagnosis about the results of that decision. That should be a judgment call that is made by a physician, no matter how much the patients might ask.

2) Although we can’t make the formal diagnosis, after a while, you’re likely to eventually have a good idea of what is wrong with a  patient when you see the test results. Because of this, you will also have an enormous amount of confidential information about patients, and you can never disclose any of that information, or your opinion about anything to do with the patient.

3) We need to be able to interpret the results of the tests, and then to give them to the doctor. Therefore, it is really important that we are able to work well with others, even under severe time restrictions.

4) The proper positioning of the patient at all times during each scan or procedure could be the difference between an accurate result and a misleading result. That means that we need to be effective communicators, particularly since some of the patients that we are helping are sick, hurt or scared.

5) We can never, ever perform a test that has not been ordered by a physician. In some hospitals or clinics, you can do so on a verbal order, but 99% of the time, that order should be in writing. This will not only prevent miscommunications, but helps to ensure prompt insurance payments.

6) If you end up working in a doctor’s office or medical clinic, you might be expected to split your time between your duties as a Radiology Technician and running the front office. That’s something important to bring up if you’re interviewing for that type of position.

7) You could, once you’ve got some experience under your belt, teach the subject. More than one Radiology Technician has gone on to educate groups of hopeful students, and the health field is unusual in that you often do not need teaching experience to share your knowledge.

8) Being able to do our job well, even under immense stress, could mean the difference between a patient’s life and death, or them being able to receive an appropriate diagnosis.

9) We should be able to show compassion to the patients we are seeing. Medical personnel might be the only people that know of the health crisis he or she is experiencing, so we need to be sensitive to each person’s individual situation.

10) Approximately half of the time that you spend learning will be spent performing the skills that you learn. The other half is in an actual classroom setting, as with any college class.

Facts About Being a Surgical Technologist

A Surgical Technologist has a vital role in the medical setting. In general, it is important to note that the successful Surgical Technologist will be able to not only meet and anticipate the needs of the people that we are assisting. However, there are ten facts about this field that anyone considering the possibility of future employment should keep in mind before making their educational

1) We need to not only be able to get a room ready for the patient that will be operated on next, but be able to efficiently clean, stock, and disinfect the room immediately after for the next patient. That means that we have to be able to quickly work on a deadline.

2) Although we have a lot of patient contact, much of that time, the patient is asleep. In some facilities, we are responsible for getting the patient ready for surgery, in some facilities CNA’s will do patient prep. I strongly recommend that if you are squeamish or nervous around strangers in various stages of undress, you might want to consider all of your choices.

3) In the operating room, we might be expected to apply bandages to the patient when the procedures are done, as well as set up whatever monitors or sterile field may be required.

4) After discussing the way that the medical field has evolved over the years with people who have been in the industry for a long time, it’s obvious that even a few years ago, there were Licensed Practical or Licensed Vocational Nurses who did many of the same tasks that we do now.

5) Because of the way that medicine has changed, in addition to the electronics that are associated with effective patient monitoring, our jobs will continue to evolve in the future. The successful Surgical Technologist will be able to evolve with the needs and expectations of the patients she serves.

6) The Bureau For Labor Statistics reports that the top earners in this field claim incomes of at least $51,140 in 2006. That’s a pretty good income for a relatively small amount of education!

7) The same source has said that in the same year, the people with the smallest income earned less than $24,490. Those people were probably working only part-time, new to the field, or both.

8) This is a job in the medical field and therefore you are likely to have access to acceptable and adequate insurance programs. Nearly as important as the terms of our financial arrangements for working, it’s nice to know that as we age, we’ll be able to take care of our own health.

9) If, after working and honing your skills, you may be eligible to share your skills with future technicians. The medical field is one of the only ones that allows experienced workers to educate without a teaching degree.

10) We are not limited to hospitals. We are needed in a variety of medical facilities, including veterinary and organ donation centers.