Among the modalities in Medical Imaging, Ultrasound or Sonography has become one of the most common. This technique of producing images by means of sound waves because of its low cost and its wide use in prohibited areas to ionizing radiation (to reproduct organs) is used every day more in the specialty of obstetrics, gynecology, urology, internal medicine, pediatrics, cardiology and pediatric neurology. Ultrasound is a different technique than the other modalities because here the operator determines the diagnostic information that he/she needs and the protocols he/she will use to gather said information according to the specific necessities, situations and conditions of the patient. This form of acquiring information requires of specialized professionals capable in the interpretation of anatomic signs, physiology, pathological changes and normal variations of the anatomic structures.
Academic Contents of the Certificate in Diagnostic Medical Ultrasound
The academic-didactical-practical program seeks to develop, in the graduated of a Radiologic Technology program, theoretical knowledge and practical training in the modalities of medical diagnoses by means of the Ultrasound. The academic content is balanced in order to offer the student other opportunities to comprehend theoretical processes related to this trend and develop practical skills in the equipment operation and patient’s management. After a one year period of participation in didactic activities related with the Ultrasound techniques and working directly with patients, the student will receive the post-Associate Certificate in Diagnostic Medical Ultrasound Degree, accrediting his/her training in this area. The participant will be able to take and approve any professional evaluation required to practice the imaging modality selected, in Puerto Rico as well as in the continental United States.
Description of the Sonographer
The Sonographer is the health professional that produces images for diagnosis by means of specialized equipment that use high frequency sound waves. He/she is responsible of gathering images and information using electronic means and submitting them to a physician for analysis and diagnosis. This technologist makes a preliminary assessment of the case while making the study and then discusses the case and findings with the Radiologist or other specialized physician. The Sonographer is responsible for preserving the integrity of the patient/client under his/her charge and as a Health Professional has the responsibility of educating, supporting and serving his patient/client.
Profile of the Sonographer
The Sonographer is a health professional capable of: Evaluating medical and clinical information of the patient to determine the procedure to follow. Performing sonographical procedures using specialized electronic equipment to gather anatomic information that facilitates the interpretation of findings and the diagnostic of pathological conditions. Assisting the physician in gathering sonographic information by means of the integration of medical information, clinic background and the images obtained. Using discretion and valorative judgement in the use of procedures and operation of the equipment. Providing orientation to the patient about the procedures made and as a health professional collaborates in the promotion of good and healthy life styles.