We have only had ultrasound for about sixty years in medicine. Before that, it was an oddity that was difficult to interpret. In the 1970's, it started to take off and it hasn't slowed down.
Because of the complexity of diagnostic medical sonography, today clinics and hospitals require an ultrasound technician to have a certificate from an accredited sonography school. Usually an ultrasound course is two years long and can yield an associates degree. Some schools have one year certificate programs. After graduation, a student has to be certified by one of several boards. The national certification exam is given by the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers (ARDMS), and a bachelor’s or associate’s degree is required in order to take this exam. A student will then become a registered diagnostic medical sonographer (RDMS). The American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) can also certify a perspective ultrasound technician.
A lot safer than X-Rays, ( it uses sound instead of radioactive material ) ultrasound is better for people working in the field.
It also pays well. A person fresh out of school can start at about $40,000 a year and quickly earn over $70,000 after some experience. Most states have schools now and some schools are on a national scale, like Sanford-Brown Institute, The University of Phoenix, Ashford University, Kaplan University and more. Today, more and more careers of healthcare professionals are starting by turning to
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