This is a gem that I've recently dug out of my student practicum notes. It was drawn for me by a very clever sonographer that I worked with for a few months just before graduation.
I just learned a great new ergonomic tip. I’m going to start making this an official thing around here. Genius Ergonomic Tips! We sonographers can’t know enough of them if we want to save our shoulders, wrists and backs, and we certainly can’t know them all on our own. So thanks, Julie, for sharing this great trick with me for a more comfortable position during thyroid scans. I’m excited to pass on your tip to others.
Let’s say it’s a typical work day at your clinic or hospital. Halfway through a scan, while chatting comfortably with your patient, they mention a pain they’ve been having in a different part of their body. You can see that they are anxious about it and that it’s been on their mind for a while.
You want to help because you can understand the hassle and waiting that making another doctor’s appointment will require. But at the same time that area isn’t mentioned on the patient’s requisition and it’s a busy day, as is every day, and you are mindful of the waiting room full of other patients ahead of you.
You are uncertain of the parameters of your job in this situation. What do you do?
The other day, quite by accident, I came across what I think is the most important trait of any really great sonographer. It actually startled me, because I haven’t ever recognized it before!
Do you know what it is? Care to make a guess?
Read on to find out what it is and why I’m so convinced it’s the best quality to cultivate to become a really great sonographer.
Nope, me neither! But I learned something new about ultrasound last week and am excited to share it.
This is one of the things that I love about the hospital where I work. It’s a teaching hospital so we get a lot of students of all types, and for me that means not only do I get the chance to pass along my knowledge to new sonographers and radiologists in training, but they also teach me new things along the way.
Keep reading to find out what I learned.
We all know about the traditional uses for a high resolution linear transducer; the thyroid, superficial lumps and bumps (why hello there lipoma!), hernias, vascular imaging (the ubiquitous carotids and leg veins) and query appendicitis.
But what about non-traditional uses? As the practice of ultrasound evolves it is benefiting from the creative use of angles, frequency and positions thought up by smart techs. All done in the name of getting that ideal image that helps with a diagnosis. Interested in a little out-of-the-box ultrasound thinking? Here it is…