Discover Sonography

Welcome and thank you for checking out our website.  If you don’t know what sonography is, let me explain it to you this way.  We use sound waves to look inside the body without having to open up the body.  It is like doing surgery without cutting into the body.  When a sonographer puts the transducer down on the patient’s body, what we see happening at that very moment is what is actually happening inside that body.  We not only see the organs in and vessels in the body, we can see inside the organs and vessels.  Sonography offers great career opportunities in so many different areas.  From direct patient care to teaching sonography and from management positions to entrepreneurial opportunities.  Sonography offers an endless number of career choices, some which have yet to be discovered.

Sonography is one of the fastest growing careers.  According to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics, sonography will grow 10% faster than other fields between now and 2031.  Salaries in the field are also very competitive with a median salary range of over $75,000 a year.  Most sonographers also enjoy a great benefit package that includes health insurance, retirement plan, paid time off and much more that can equal to as much as 22% of your salary.

Of course, sonography is best known for scanning the obstetrical patient.  But sonography is much much more than that.  Did you know that sonography plays a vital role in evaluating patients who have had kidney, liver and pancreas transplants?  Sonography is also used in evaluating abdominal organ masses such in the liver and kidneys.  It is used extensively in evaluating the carotid arteries for arterial disease for patients who have had a stroke or at risk for stroke and it is considered to be the gold standard test in evaluating the veins in the legs for blood clots.  The list of uses for sonography goes on and on and will continue to develop.

Sonography is an exciting and challenging profession.  Sonographers have a tremendous amount of responsibility.  Being a sonographer in part requires an intellectual curiosity, perseverance, communication skills (both verbal and written) and a heart that is compassionate enough to take care of people regardless of their background or beliefs.

If you believe that this is the kind of career you are looking for, then I encourage you to keep exploring.  If you haven’t done a job shadow at a local hospital, I strongly encourage you to do so.

Joseph Rothgeb, BS, RDMS, RVT